St. Clair County Tornado Statistics

County Date Time (EST) Type EF-Scale Deaths Injuries $$ $$ (crops)
ST. CLAIR  05/21/53 4:21 PM Tornado  4 2 68 2500000 0
ST. CLAIR  05/08/53 10:50 PM Tornado  4 0 23 250000 0
ST. CLAIR  05/21/75 2:45 PM Tornado  2 0 0 25000 0
ST. CLAIR  06/04/75 6:50 PM Tornado  1 0 0 25000 0
ST. CLAIR  09/17/77 12:25 AM Tornado  1 0 0 25000 0
ST. CLAIR  08/19/78 2:15 PM Tornado  -99 0 0 25000 0
ST. CLAIR  05/02/83 11:20 AM Tornado  3 0 3 25000000 0
ST. CLAIR  05/22/84 8:20 PM Tornado  1 0 1 25000 0
ST. CLAIR  07/10/84 11:25 PM Tornado  1 0 0 0 0
ST. CLAIR  09/02/84 4:54 PM Tornado  3 0 0 2500000 0
ST. CLAIR  09/06/90 3:20 PM Tornado  1 0 0 3000 0
ST. CLAIR  09/14/90 12:55 PM Tornado  1 0 0 25000 0
ST. CLAIR  03/27/91 8:53 PM Tornado  1 0 0 25000 0
ST. CLAIR  05/28/95 6:14 PM Tornado  -99 -99 -99 -99 -99
ST. CLAIR  06/21/96 11:50 PM Tornado  1 0 0 40000 0
ST. CLAIR  06/22/96 12:00 AM Tornado  2 0 0 25000 0
ST. CLAIR  07/28/99 4:00 PM Tornado  1 0 0 60000 0
ST. CLAIR  5/14/04 5:11 PM Tornado  0 0 0 15000 0
ST. CLAIR  5/23/04 7:30 PM Tornado  1 0 0 5000 0
ST. CLAIR  5/31/04 4:20 PM Tornado  1 0 0 50000 0
ST. CLAIR  6/27/2010 6:06 PM Tornado  1 1 4 700000 0

STRONGEST TORNADOES:

The strongest tornadoes in St. Clair County since 1950 occurred in 1953. Both tornadoes reported during that year were categorized as EF4 (out of 5) on the Fujita scale. The first, on 5/21/53, developed near Smith's Creek and moved just south of Port Huron before it passed into Ontario. In St. Clair County, 2 persons were killed and 68 injured as 90 houses and 83 other buildings were destroyed. 300 houses and 124 other buildings were damaged. At its widest, the tornado was nearly a mile wide.

The second EF4 occurred on 6/8/53, from the same storm system as the well-known Flint-Beecher tornado. The tornado developed near Kings Mill in Lapeer County and moved east-northeast into St. Clair County, passing north of Yale, south of Jeddo, and north of Lakeport. Though no deaths were reported with this tornado in St. Clair County, one person was killed in Lapeer County. In St. Clair County, 23 injuries were reported. This tornado had a mean width of nearly 1/2-mile.

The most damaging tornado in St. Clair County since 1950 occurred on 5/2/83. This tornado was an EF3, and tracked from East Detroit across Lake St. Clair and Harsens Island. On Harsens Island, the tornado destroyed an aircraft hangar and another large building, and damaged or demolished 25 to 30 homes. 3 injuries resulted from flying glass. Total damage was estimated at over $5 million.

An EF3 on 9/2/84 moved from near Roseburg in Sanilac County to Lakeport, with an injury and most of the damage occurring in Sanilac County.

All other tornadoes in St. Clair County have either been categorized as EF1 or EF2.

Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale:

EF0 - Gale Tornado (65-85 mph)
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)

Statistics last updated: December 27th, 2013


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