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The chance of earthquake damage in Southgate is about the same as Michigan average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Southgate is higher than Michigan average and is higher than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #42

Southgate, MI
0.12
Michigan
0.04
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Southgate, MI
0.0000
Michigan
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #337

Southgate, MI
179.87
Michigan
140.33
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 3,637 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Southgate, MI were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:3Cold:18Dense Fog:3Drought:2
Dust Storm:0Flood:204Hail:956Heat:12Heavy Snow:57
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:13Landslide:0Strong Wind:42
Thunderstorm Winds:2,087Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:2Winter Storm:33Winter Weather:8
Other:197 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Southgate, MI.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Southgate, MI.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Southgate, MI.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 72 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Southgate, MI.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
3.21980-07-16242°15'N / 83°13'W42°15'N / 83°10'W1.30 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Wayne
3.51956-05-12442°15'N / 83°13'W42°13'N / 83°05'W6.80 Miles400 Yards022250K0Wayne
10.91966-06-14242°14'N / 83°25'W0.30 Mile33 Yards003K0Wayne
12.11974-04-03242°02'N / 83°15'W2.00 Miles30 Yards003K0Monroe
12.31969-07-04342°07'N / 83°32'W42°06'N / 83°17'W12.60 Miles100 Yards0502.5M0Wayne
13.21997-07-02242°24'N / 83°15'W42°23'N / 83°03'W5.00 Miles2500 Yards09090.0M0Wayne
14.41974-02-28242°06'N / 83°27'W0.10 Mile50 Yards000K0Wayne
14.51957-11-20342°24'N / 83°06'W1.50 Miles100 Yards112250K0Wayne
14.61973-06-26242°03'N / 83°24'W0.70 Mile67 Yards02250K0Monroe
16.01974-07-14242°21'N / 83°27'W1.50 Miles27 Yards00250K0Wayne
16.22008-09-13242°22'N / 83°27'W42°23'N / 83°24'W3.00 Miles200 Yards00250K0KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: At 918 PM Saturday September 13th a tornado occurred in parts of Plymouth and Livonia in Wayne County. The Tornado path length was 2.6 miles and began just west of Starkweather Street near the railroad tracks in Plymouth and tracked eastward across the intersection of Interstates 96 and 275 and ended in Livonia at the intersection of Newburgh and Richfield Roads near Ladywood High School. The maximum path width of the tornado was roughly 200 yards in Plymouth and was 100 yards or less in most other locations along its path. Most of the damage along the path was to trees and was rated mostly at the EF0 level (less than 86 MPH). However, a short stretch of significant roof damage occurred in Plymouth to two apartment buildings in Lake Pointe Village and Brougham Manor. This damage was rated at the EF2 level, or roughly winds to 120 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A warm front combined with tropical moisture to spawn a tornado in Plymouth.
18.01951-07-21242°09'N / 83°33'W0.50 Mile217 Yards0025K0Washtenaw
18.01962-04-30242°09'N / 83°33'W0.10 Mile33 Yards0025K0Washtenaw
18.61968-03-26241°59'N / 83°27'W41°57'N / 83°18'W7.70 Miles20 Yards00250K0Monroe
19.01969-07-04342°07'N / 83°35'W42°07'N / 83°32'W1.30 Miles100 Yards042.5M0Washtenaw
19.21990-09-14342°29'N / 83°28'W42°29'N / 82°55'W24.00 Miles90 Yards002.5M0Oakland
19.41992-04-16242°22'N / 83°31'W2.00 Miles50 Yards042.5M0Wayne
20.31975-05-25242°10'N / 83°36'W0125K0Washtenaw
20.91963-04-17341°55'N / 83°20'W0.50 Mile67 Yards01250K0Monroe
21.91973-06-26241°55'N / 83°23'W0.20 Mile60 Yards00250K0Monroe
22.71973-06-26242°32'N / 83°12'W003K0Oakland
23.31957-07-04442°31'N / 83°39'W42°31'N / 83°07'W26.90 Miles50 Yards02250K0Oakland
23.41987-06-21242°29'N / 83°28'W0.30 Mile80 Yards162.5M0Oakland
24.21976-03-20442°31'N / 83°25'W42°33'N / 83°20'W3.80 Miles117 Yards15525.0M0Oakland
24.91968-09-09241°54'N / 83°28'W0.90 Mile20 Yards0025K0Monroe
26.51983-05-02342°27'N / 82°57'W42°31'N / 82°45'W10.00 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Macomb
26.81972-08-02342°32'N / 83°29'W42°33'N / 83°27'W002.5M0Oakland
27.31965-04-11442°00'N / 83°55'W42°05'N / 83°28'W23.60 Miles1760 Yards652.5M0Monroe
27.31965-04-11442°00'N / 83°55'W42°05'N / 83°28'W23.60 Miles33 Yards550K0Monroe
28.42010-06-06241°58'N / 83°46'W41°56'N / 83°31'W13.00 Miles800 Yards01150.0M0KMonroe
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down at 211 am at County Line Road and Rankin Road in Monroe county. This tornado then tracked east southeast, moving through Dundee at 217 AM. Maximum sustained winds of 130 to 135 mph where estimated just west of Dundee, which is classified at a high end EF2. The width of the tornado at that time was 800 yards. As it passed through Dundee. The tornado was still classified a low end EF2 with maximum winds of 115 mph. The tornado then tracked another 7 miles along highway 50 before lifting at 227 am at the Dixon Road intersection, causing generally EF0 damage to the east of Dundee. The total path of this tornado reached 13 miles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong low pressure system tracked through Detroit Metro area during the early morning hours of June 6th, spawning three tornadoes south of I-94, with flash flooding occuring over Washtenaw and Wayne counties as 2 to 4 inches of rain was recorded. The two tornadoes which occured over Monroe county damaged a total of 311 buildings. Five single family homes were destroyed. Major damage occured at 34 structures. Minor damage was observed at 74 structures, with 198 other homes affected needing mostly cosmetic repairs. The village of Dundee was hardest hit.
28.81971-06-07242°19'N / 83°45'W0.10 Mile33 Yards0025K0Washtenaw
28.91964-05-08241°48'N / 83°27'W41°50'N / 83°23'W3.30 Miles400 Yards0125K0Monroe
29.41986-09-10242°35'N / 83°29'W42°38'N / 83°18'W7.70 Miles50 Yards00250K0Oakland
29.41956-05-12242°31'N / 83°37'W42°31'N / 83°35'W00250K0Oakland
30.41956-05-12242°32'N / 83°40'W42°31'N / 83°34'W4.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Oakland
32.21974-04-03341°48'N / 83°31'W0.30 Mile30 Yards03250K0Monroe
32.81957-07-04442°31'N / 83°44'W42°31'N / 83°39'W3.00 Miles50 Yards04250K0Livingston
33.01953-06-08441°47'N / 83°34'W41°47'N / 83°27'W5.40 Miles200 Yards418250K0Monroe
33.11974-06-15242°39'N / 82°58'W2.00 Miles20 Yards0025K0Macomb
33.31964-05-08242°41'N / 83°17'W0125K0Oakland
33.61956-05-12242°33'N / 83°46'W42°31'N / 83°37'W7.40 Miles100 Yards05250K0Livingston
33.61968-08-16242°25'N / 83°48'W1.00 Mile20 Yards0025K0Livingston
34.61956-05-12242°33'N / 83°45'W42°32'N / 83°40'W3.30 Miles100 Yards05250K0Livingston
35.11953-06-08342°12'N / 84°00'W42°15'N / 83°47'W11.30 Miles70 Yards1525K0Washtenaw
35.71991-07-07242°38'N / 83°36'W2.50 Miles50 Yards00250K0Oakland
36.11965-04-11441°43'N / 83°30'W41°44'N / 83°28'W2292.5M0Monroe
36.41953-06-08342°35'N / 83°42'W42°36'N / 83°41'W072.5M0Livingston
36.41953-06-08342°36'N / 83°41'W42°41'N / 83°32'W9.10 Miles200 Yards042.5M0Oakland
38.21982-06-15242°27'N / 83°53'W42°29'N / 83°51'W3.80 Miles80 Yards0225K0Livingston
38.21964-05-08442°40'N / 82°50'W42°40'N / 82°45'W3.30 Miles833 Yards112242.5M0Macomb
38.41983-05-02342°31'N / 82°45'W42°37'N / 82°31'W13.00 Miles200 Yards0325.0M0St. Clair
38.91990-06-02242°19'N / 84°05'W42°23'N / 83°48'W15.00 Miles160 Yards00250K0Washtenaw
39.61965-04-11441°40'N / 83°36'W41°43'N / 83°30'W5.60 Miles200 Yards1620725.0M0Lucas
40.61980-04-08241°39'N / 83°28'W0.80 Mile127 Yards022.5M0Lucas
42.31983-05-01241°58'N / 83°58'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Lenawee
43.11974-05-11342°25'N / 84°00'W0.90 Mile60 Yards10250K0Livingston
44.32001-05-21242°38'N / 83°46'W42°46'N / 83°45'W9.60 Miles200 Yards033.0M0Livingston
 Brief Description: A tornado developed near Hartland High School and Lake Walden, and moved north parallel to US-23, eventually crossing that busy highway between Clyde and Faussett Roads. There was a brief break in the damage path south of Center Road, but the tornado reformed again north of Center Road, this time back on the west side of US-23. The tornado continued north into Genesee County. Most of the damage to trees and structures was consistent with a weak tornado. However, near and north of the Majestic Golf Course, damage was considerably more intense, justifying an F2 rating. Seventy vehicles in the golf course parking lot were damaged (rolled, tossed, or struck by debris), with twelve of them totaled. Thirty five golf carts were destroyed, and a pontoon boat used to transport golfers was flipped. A large piece of a wooden footbridge was tossed through the enclosed back porch of the clubhouse. An amputee organization was having a golf outing that afternoon. Thankfully, the golf carts were equipped with G.P.S. units, and the course sent a message out on those units that a tornado was approaching. Only one person on the course suffered a minor injury (exact injury undisclosed). Three homes were destroyed near Clyde Road and US-23, as were a party store and a towing company that shared a building. A man at the party store suffered a minor hand injury, and two vehicles at the towing company were totaled. Several hundred trees were downed in this general area. Further north, several cars and semis were flipped when the tornado crossed US-23. One driver of a semi suffered a head injury when his truck overturned, though he was not seriously hurt. The TRW plant on Center Road lost a small part of its roof. Several cars in the parking of Tyrone Hills Golf Course had windows blown out. As the tornado moved across agricultural land, three cows were killed. A warm front moved slowly north into southeast Michigan, ushering in warmer and more humid air. Scattered thunderstorms developed south of the warm front around midday. They storms also moved north, at a faster pace than the warm front. A few of these storms produced tornadoes when they caught up to the warm front.
44.41976-03-20342°42'N / 82°58'W42°53'N / 82°44'W17.10 Miles100 Yards13250K0Macomb
45.12010-06-05341°34'N / 83°25'W41°34'N / 83°22'W2.00 Miles200 Yards002.4M0KOttawa
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A strong tornado moved into western Ottawa County from Wood County during the late evening hours of June 5th. The tornado entered the county at 11:30 pm EDT as a weak EF3 or strong EF2 tornado. A couple homes on Trowbridge Road just east of the county line were heavily damaged. The tornado then continued east northeast to just north of the intersection of Billman and Trowbridge Roads where a few more homes were significantly damaged. After crossing Billman Road, the tornado took a turn to the right and intensified back to EF3. The tornado crossed Reiman Road just south of Trowbridge Road and finally lifted just before reaching Bolander Road. Around a dozen homes near the intersection of Trowbridge Road and Reiman Road were damaged. In Ottawa County, a total of 11 homes were destroyed with another 14 homes sustaining major damage from the tornado. Around 20 additional homes sustained lesser damages. This tornado was on the ground in Ottawa County for just over two and a quarter miles and had a maximum width of around 200 yards. Two injuries were reported. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A stationary frontal system stretched across the lower Great Lakes on the morning of Saturday, June 5th. This resulted in a very warm and humid airmass over northern Ohio. Outflow boundaries from earlier storms interacted with the stationary front to initiate thunderstorm development during the afternoon hours across inland northern Ohio. One of the stronger thunderstorms produced tornadoes in Richland and Holmes Counties. There were also a few reports of straight line thunderstorm wind damage. A rapidly deepening area of low pressure moved quickly east across southern lower Michigan during the evening hours. This low eventually moved across Lake Erie during the early morning hours of the 6th. Showers and thunderstorms developed across northern Indiana during the evening hours. These storms intensified and moved east along the stationary front and into Northwest Ohio. A devastating EF4 tornado developed over Wood County a little before midnight. This tornado moved into Ottawa County before dissipating. Seven people were killed and dozens of homes destroyed by the tornado. A weaker tornado also moved across portions of Lucas County. A third round of storms developed during the early morning hours of the 6th ahead of a cold front trailing the low. These storms moved across northern Ohio and produced pockets of damage. An EF1 tornado occurred in Ashtabula County around daybreak. A total of five tornadoes occurred in northern Ohio on June 5th and 6th. These tornadoes killed seven people, injured dozens and destroyed or damaged over a 100 homes. A school and a public administration building were also leveled. Damage estimates easily topped $100 million.
45.31983-05-01241°59'N / 84°06'W42°02'N / 84°00'W5.90 Miles500 Yards0025K0Lenawee
45.71972-08-02242°29'N / 84°05'W42°31'N / 83°56'W7.40 Miles27 Yards0025K0Livingston
45.81979-06-20241°44'N / 83°50'W0.60 Mile27 Yards00250K0Lenawee
45.91992-07-12241°31'N / 83°22'W41°34'N / 83°10'W10.00 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Ottawa
46.41983-05-19242°50'N / 82°53'W1.80 Miles37 Yards0025K0Macomb
46.72010-06-05441°33'N / 83°32'W41°34'N / 83°25'W7.00 Miles400 Yards728100.0M0KWood
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A devastating tornado moved across portions of northern Wood County during the late evening hours of June 5th. The tornado reached a peak intensity of EF4 and was responsible for the deaths of seven people. Five of the victims died immediately with the other two passing away from their injuries at later dates. The initial touchdown occurred east of Perrysburg along Oregon Road just to the north of the Ohio Turnpike. The tornado then moved east northeast toward Toledo Metcalf Field as an EF0 to EF1. The tornado intensified to an EF2 as it crossed East Broadway Street. Over two dozen homes in a neighborhood bordered by East Broadway to the west and State Route 795 to the north and east were heavily damaged or destroyed. The worst of the damage was along Shawnee and Neill Avenues in this neighborhood. The tornado then crossed State Route 795 and followed the highway toward Metcalf Field. The tornado intensified to EF3 at that time. Several homes along Moline-Martin Road were destroyed between State Route 795 and Metcalf Field. An occupant of one of the homes, an 87 year old man, was injured by the tornado and later died. As the tornado approached Metcalf Field it crossed a railroad yard and overturned a couple dozen railroad cars. The tornado then moved across the southern end of the airport grounds and destroyed the Lake Township Administrative and Police Department building located just northwest of the intersection of Cummings Road and State Route 795. A 20 year old female was killed by the tornado just outside of the police department. She had left her vehicle along with her boyfriend and child to seek refuge in the police station. She was caught outside and was reportedly killed by flying debris. At the police station, the tornado destroyed at least six police vehicles and one emergency response vehicle. The emergency response vehicle was found over 1000 feet away from its original position. One police vehicle was found wrapped around a large tree. After doing extensive damage to an agricultural business, the tornado struck the Lake Local School District complex along State Route 795 and Lemoyne Road. Lake High School took a direct hit from the tornado and was damaged enough to be considered destroyed. The nearby middle and elementary schools sustained considerable roof damage. The high school gymnasium was scheduled to hold a commencement ceremony for the graduating senior class on June 6th. Large sections of the gymnasium collapsed. A field house, cafeteria and auditorium adjacent to the high school were destroyed. At least eight school buses were overturned and destroyed by the tornado. The tornado continued to move parallel to and just north of State Route 795 at EF3 intensity. A 56 year old female was killed by flying debris while driving her car on State Route 795 near the school complex. The woman's daughters were following in another car which was also destroyed. The daughters both sustained minor injuries. The tornado continued east northeast and crossed Interstate 280 just north of the State Route 795 interchange before moving across open fields for about a mile. The tornado may have briefly weakened to EF2 intensity, but then strengthened back to EF3 intensity as it crossed Bradner Road to the west of Millbury. The tornado destroyed several homes in a neighborhood bordered by Bradner Road to the west and Cherry Street to the south. A 47 year old man was killed in house on Case Road in this neighborhood. The man's daughter was the valedictorian of the graduating senior class at Lake High School which was destroyed by the tornado. The tornado then intensified to EF4 as it approached Main Street on the north side of Millbury. Over a dozen homes were destroyed or heavily damaged along Main Street. A 36 year old woman and her four year old son were killed in one of the destroyed homes on Main Street. The woman's 37 year old husband died on June 12th from injuries sustained from the tornado. Several more homes were destroyed or heavily damaged on Hille Drive and Woodville Road before the tornado crossed North Fostoria Road and moved into Ottawa County as a weak EF3 or strong EF2 tornado. This tornado was on the ground for around six and a half miles in Wood County and destroyed or heavily damaged over 60 homes. Dozens of additional homes sustained minor damage with another couple hundred homes affected by the storm. Dozens of vehicles were also destroyed. Hundreds of trees were toppled or snapped by the tornado along the damage path which was up to 400 yards in width. The tornado debarked some of the larger trees along the damage path. At least one high tension utility pole was toppled by the tornado and widespread power outages occurred in Millbury and Walbridge. Damage to the Lake Township infrastructure was estimated at five million dollars with tens of millions of losses to the Lake Local School District. The exact number of injuries caused by this tornado is unknown, but at least 17 people had to be hospitalized in nearby Toledo. Debris from this tornado has been found dozens of miles away, including on some of the islands in western Lake Erie. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A stationary frontal system stretched across the lower Great Lakes on the morning of Saturday, June 5th. This resulted in a very warm and humid airmass over northern Ohio. Outflow boundaries from earlier storms interacted with the stationary front to initiate thunderstorm development during the afternoon hours across inland northern Ohio. One of the stronger thunderstorms produced tornadoes in Richland and Holmes Counties. There were also a few reports of straight line thunderstorm wind damage. A rapidly deepening area of low pressure moved quickly east across southern lower Michigan during the evening hours. This low eventually moved across Lake Erie during the early morning hours of the 6th. Showers and thunderstorms developed across northern Indiana during the evening hours. These storms intensified and moved east along the stationary front and into Northwest Ohio. A devastating EF4 tornado developed over Wood County a little before midnight. This tornado moved into Ottawa County before dissipating. Seven people were killed and dozens of homes destroyed by the tornado. A weaker tornado also moved across portions of Lucas County. A third round of storms developed during the early morning hours of the 6th ahead of a cold front trailing the low. These storms moved across northern Ohio and produced pockets of damage. An EF1 tornado occurred in Ashtabula County around daybreak. A total of five tornadoes occurred in northern Ohio on June 5th and 6th. These tornadoes killed seven people, injured dozens and destroyed or damaged over a 100 homes. A school and a public administration building were also leveled. Damage estimates easily topped $100 million.
47.11984-08-30242°23'N / 83°21'W43°23'N / 83°15'W5.60 Miles150 Yards042.5M0Wayne
47.42007-08-24242°46'N / 83°45'W42°48'N / 83°40'W4.00 Miles440 Yards0113.0M0KGenesee
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This is the same tornado that began in Livingston County's Cohoctah Township. The tornado crossed into Genesee County approximately 3 miles west southwest of Fenton at 1649EST. The City of Fenton sustained the greatest amount of damage where the tornado path widened to approximately one-quarter mile, including the snapping and uprooting of hundreds of trees, de-roofing of both residential and municipal structures, and the partial collapse of a large retail structure near the intersection of Owen Road and U.S. 23. Of the approximately 250 homes/buildings damaged in Fenton, two were destroyed and five sustained major damage. The tornado was rated as EF2 in Fenton with wind speeds estimated at approximately 130 MPH. The average path width in Genesee County was 350 yards. One person in Fenton received minor injuries after being struck by flying glass. The tornado exited Genesee County one mile east of Fenton at 1700EST and then continued in Oakland County for another 5.5 miles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Four tornadoes moved through portions of Southeast Michigan on August 24th, leading to an estimated $25M in total damages. One long-track tornado cut a path of EF0 to EF2 damage across Livingston, Geneseee, and Oakland Counties. Fenton was the hardest hit area, prompting the Governor of Michigan to declare a state of emergency there. Tornadoes also touched down in eastern Shiawassee County (rated as EF0), northwestern Washtenaw County (rated as EF0), and southwestern Lapeer County (rated as EF1). Thousands of trees were lost to the tornadoes. Although hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged, many destroyed, remarkably only one person was injured (minor cuts from flying glass) and there were no direct fatalities. One man died (indirect) of a heart attack during the cleanup process in Fenton. In addition to the tornadoes, there were widespread reports of severe thunderstorm wind gusts producing downed trees, limbs, and power lines. The hardest hit areas with respect to severe thunderstorm winds included areas around Flint, Lapeer, St. Clair, Chelsea, Monroe, and many locations in Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Lenawee Counties.
47.81977-04-02242°34'N / 84°02'W42°37'N / 83°56'W5.60 Miles83 Yards01250K0Livingston
47.92002-11-10241°31'N / 82°57'W41°35'N / 82°51'W10.00 Miles50 Yards0413.5M0Ottawa
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down south of Port Clinton and then moved northeast entering the city just west of the intersection of Wilcox Road and Fulton Road. The tornado moved through the heart of the city reaching Lake Erie at Lakeview Park. From there, the tornado moved northeast over Lake Erie to Catawba Island where it finally dissipated after a ten mile long damage path. Four people suffered minor injuries as a result of the tornado. Hardest hit was the Lakeview Park area where two condominiums were blown off their stilts into Lake Erie and many other structures where destroyed. The initial storm damage in Port Clinton occurred along 11th Street where several homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. Significant damage also occurred near 8th and Fulton Streets. As the tornado moved through the city, it damaged the local high school and a hospital. Significant damage also occurred on Catawba Island with several homes damaged and destroyed before the tornado finally dissipated. A total of 24 homes and 16 apartments were destroyed along the damage path with approximately 60 additional homes damaged enough to be deemed uninhabitable. Another 80 structures sustained minor to moderate amounts of damage. The damage path was typically no more than 50 yards in width. Dozens of vehicles were damaged or destroyed by the tornado and hundreds of trees and power poles were toppled.
48.51982-06-15342°24'N / 84°08'W42°25'N / 84°06'W3.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Washtenaw
49.31998-06-24241°31'N / 82°57'W41°31'N / 82°57'W3.50 Miles100 Yards01320.0M5.0MOttawa
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down approximately 10 miles west of Port Clinton and just west of the Davis Bessie power plant. Winds were between 113 and 157 miles per hour. Considerable damage occurred, with some barns completely destroyed and an apartment complex heavily damaged. Sixty three homes were destroyed, 63 sustained major damage, 238 had minor damage, semi trucks and mobile homes were overturned and trees and utility poles were downed. Loss of power lines outside Davis Bessie triggered a shutdown and a second stage alert; power was out for several days in places. A state of emergency was declared and all roads were closed in the county. Many buildings were destroyed and trees were downed at Camp Perry. A tree containing an eagle's nest with 2 eaglets was blown down. One of the eaglets survived.
49.92007-08-24242°42'N / 84°00'W42°46'N / 83°45'W14.00 Miles440 Yards007.0M0KLivingston
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado first touched down approximately 4 miles northeast of Fowlerville at 1630EST between Owosso and Fleming Roads approximately three-fourths of a mile north of Chase Lake Road in Cohoctah Township, Livingston County. Tornado damage was observed from the ground continuously for 14 miles in Livingston County through Cohoctah Township, Deerfield Township and northwest Tyrone Township where the tornado entered Genesee County and the City of Fenton. The tornado damaged 71 homes/buildings and leveled hundreds of trees in Livingston County. Eight homes were destroyed in Cohoctah and Deerfield Townships. The damage along the path was predominately consistent with EF1 scale damage (associated with approximately 100 MPH winds). However, there were 2 sections in Livingston County consistent with EF2 scale damage (and associated with approximately 130 mph winds). The first section of EF2 damage occurred along Schrepfer Road in Cohoctah Township, where a single family dwelling was destroyed. The second section of EF2 damage occurred near the intersection of Center and Mack Roads in Deerfield Township, where substantial structural and tree damage was observed. A third and final section of EF2 damage occurred in Genesee County through the City of Fenton. The average path width in Livingston County was 200 yards. The tornado exited Livingston County across Bennett Lake Road approximately a half mile west of U.S. 23 at 1649EST. It then continued for 4 miles across southeastern Genesee County and for another 5.5 miles in western Oakland County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Four tornadoes moved through portions of Southeast Michigan on August 24th, leading to an estimated $25M in total damages. One long-track tornado cut a path of EF0 to EF2 damage across Livingston, Geneseee, and Oakland Counties. Fenton was the hardest hit area, prompting the Governor of Michigan to declare a state of emergency there. Tornadoes also touched down in eastern Shiawassee County (rated as EF0), northwestern Washtenaw County (rated as EF0), and southwestern Lapeer County (rated as EF1). Thousands of trees were lost to the tornadoes. Although hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged, many destroyed, remarkably only one person was injured (minor cuts from flying glass) and there were no direct fatalities. One man died (indirect) of a heart attack during the cleanup process in Fenton. In addition to the tornadoes, there were widespread reports of severe thunderstorm wind gusts producing downed trees, limbs, and power lines. The hardest hit areas with respect to severe thunderstorm winds included areas around Flint, Lapeer, St. Clair, Chelsea, Monroe, and many locations in Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Lenawee Counties.


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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