Remembering The Flint/Beecher Tornado Of 1953

WWJ-TV Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus' Weather Fact

Here we are in the month of June and one thing that long-time Michigan residents won’t forget is the Flint/Beecher tornado.

It happened 58 years ago on June 8, 1953.

It is the deadliest tornado in Michigan history, striking the northern Flint community of Beecher at 8:30 p.m., killing 116 and injuring 844 along its path.

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The F5 tornado touched down two miles north of Flushing and from there, created a path averaging about a half-mile wide as it moved across Flint at an approximate speed of 35 miles per hour. Finally coming to an end at a point about two miles north of Lapeer.

A 23-mile-long path of death and destruction was left in its wake with more than a hundred lives lost including as many as 20 families reporting multiple deaths.

Damage was estimated at 19 million dollars. That would be more than 153 million today, factoring inflation.

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