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STRONGEST TORNADOES: Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale: EF0 - Gale Tornado (65-85 mph) Statistics last updated: January 7th, 2015
The strongest tornado in Washtenaw County since 1950 occurred on June 8, 1953. This tornado was categorized as an EF3 (out of 5) on the Fujita scale, and moved from 5 miles northeast of Manchester to 5 miles southwest of Ann Arbor. One person was killed and 5 injured, with a house being destroyed and a number of small buildings suffering damage.
Another EF3 tornado occurred on July 4, 1969. 4 persons were injured from this tornado in Washtenaw County as it moved from just east of Whittaker to just northeast of Flat Rock in Wayne County. A number of mobile homes and houses were either destroyed or damaged from the tornado.
The last EF3 to occur in Washtenaw County since 1950 occurred on June 15, 1982. This tornado moved from 5 miles west-southwest of Munith in Jackson County to 8 miles northwest of Chelsea. The tornado was 1500-feet wide, and it resulted in one death and one injury in Jackson County. Overall, 7 houses were destroyed and 15 buildings damaged from the tornado.
All of the other tornadoes to occur in Washtenaw County since 1950 have either been categorized as EF2, EF1, or EF0. An EF2 that occurred on June 13, 1994 travelled from just east of Pleasant Lake in Jackson County to Half Moon Lake. One injury occurred in each county. The following is an excerpt from Storm Data regarding the tornado:
Tornado began near Berry Road and M-106...moved east-northeast at near 35 mph. Tornado moved along Kennedy Road to just south of Munith... crossed Waterloo-Munith Road...crossed Parks Road...then moved along Tophith Road and entered northwest Washtenaw County...crossing M-52 before lifting north of Chelsea near the Livingston County line. Two modular homes destroyed. A person in the basement of a destroyed home was hit by falling bricks. Another person sustained minor injuries when her pickup truck was blown off M-52 and overturned. Major damage to at least 5 homes. Two barns destroyed in Lyndon Township. Heavy tree damage over 16-mile long path was about 1 mile wide. Damage estimated at $1.25 million.
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: January 7th, 2015