Flint Tornado 1953 (7 Photos)

On June 8, 1953 the last F5 tornado to hit Michigan struck the Flint suburb of Beecher.

It killed 116 people and another 844 were injured, making it the 10th deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

The twister touched down about two miles north of Flushing and from there created a path averaging about a 1/2 mile wide

as it moved across the Flint area to about two miles north of Lapeer.

A 23-mile-long path of death and destruction was left in its wake, with as many as 20 families reporting multiple deaths.

Damage was estimated at $19 million, in 1953 dollars.

It was tremendously good fortune that the Beecher tornado hit on a weekend, because the Beecher High School was totally destroyed.

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