Kalamazoo Tornado May 13, 1980May 13th, 2014 at 1:22 am by Bill Steffen under Entertainment, News, Weather
Click on the images to enlarge – Thirty-four years ago today, an F3 (158-206 mph) tornado cut an 11-mile path from eastern Van Buren right through downtown Kalamazoo. In 20 minutes, the storm left 5 dead and 79 injured. Damage totaled 50 million dollars (that’s 1980 dollars). Three hundred homes and 150 businesses were severely damaged or destroyed. There was significant damage to Gilmore’s Dept. Store and dozens of trees were toppled in Bronson Park. Here’s lots of information on the twister. More info here. and here. Here’s more pictures, and here’s a map of the tornado’s path. Here’s a slide show from YouTube. Here’s a first-hand account of the storm. Please feel free to share a comment or a link to your pictures of the tornado or its aftermath.