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STRONGEST TORNADOES: Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale: EF0 - Gale Tornado (65-85 mph) Statistics last updated: December 16th, 2014
The strongest tornado in Sanilac County occurred on September 2, 1984. The tornado traveled from 2 miles northwest of Roseburg to near Lakeport in St. Clair County. The tornado was an EF3 (out of 5) on the Fujita scale, and it produced over $500,000 damage. At its widest, the tornado was 1200 feet wide. The following is more detailed information about this tornado from Storm Data:
The first 2 miles of the track had only light, intermittent damage. It was followed by an 8 by 1/4 mile area of continuous damage, much of it through open fields. One house was destroyed, and another was unroofed. 8 other houses and many outbuildings were damaged. A boy in the unroofed house, just inside Sanilac County, was slightly injured by falling debris.
The latter part of the track was broader and intermittent, and had lighter damage. Many trees were downed and camping equipment destroyed in Lakeport State Park. The tornado may have continued out into Lake Huron.
All of the other tornadoes that have been reported in Sanilac County since 1950 have either been categorized as EF0 or EF1. The EF1 tornado that occurred on April 16, 1998 had a path length of 7.5 miles and a width of 100 yards as it traveled from between Carsonville and Applegate through Port Sanilac and into Lake Huron. 4 homes, 10 barns, five silos, and a grain bin were destroyed. Total damage was estimated at $350,000. There were no human casualties, though a horse was euthanized.
EF1 - Moderate Tornado (86-110 mph)
EF2 - Significant Tornado (111-135 mph)
EF3 - Severe Tornado (136-165 mph)
EF4 - Devastating Tornado (166-200 mph)
EF5 - Incredible Tornado (Over 200 mph)
Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale:
EF0 - Gale Tornado (65-85 mph)
Statistics last updated: December 16th, 2014