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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 Wayne County since 1950 occurred on May 12, 1956 at 6:55 PM EST. This tornado was categorized as an EF4 (out of 5) on the Fujita scale. 22 persons were injured, with the tornado occurring in the Allen Park and Ecorse areas before moving into Ontario. The tornado had a mean width of 1200 feet.
Two EF3 tornadoes have occurred in Wayne County. The first, on November 20, 1957, moved through the city of Detroit killing one and injuring 12. The tornado developed in the vicinity of Mt. Elliott and moved north of City Airport. The second EF3 occurred on July 4, 1969, moving from just east of Whittaker in Washtenaw County to just northeast of Flat Rock. 50 injuries were reported in Wayne County, with a number of mobile homes and houses either destroyed or damaged by the tornado.
All other tornadoes since 1950 in Wayne County have either been EF2, EF1, or EF0. The costliest tornado in Wayne County was an EF2 that moved through parts of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck on July 2, 1997. 90 persons were injured with the tornado that travelled nearly 5 miles and had a width of 2500 yards. Damage was estimated at $90 million. This tornado was part of an outbreak of 13 tornadoes in southeast Lower Michigan, the largest number for a single day since records have been kept. Another costly EF2 tornado occurred in the Allen Park and Ecorse areas on July 16, 1980. A number of buildings, as well as a train, were either damaged or destroyed by this tornado before it moved into Ontario. Total damage was estimated at over $5 million.
An EF2 that occurred on April 16, 1992 resulted in 4 injuries in the Plymouth area. The following is an excerpt from Storm Data regarding this tornado:
A tornado touched down in a mobile home park north of Michigan Highway 14 and west of Ridge Road and moved northeast. It demolished 6 mobile homes, and heavily damaged 14 others. The four people that were injured were residents at the park. Total property damage to the mobile homes was estimated at $1 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