What if an EF-4 or 5 tornado hit Mid-Michigan? - WNEM TV 5

What if an EF-4 or 5 tornado hit Mid-Michigan?

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A map showing Saginaw and a 22-mile radius -- the length of the Oklahoma tornado. A map showing Saginaw and a 22-mile radius -- the length of the Oklahoma tornado.
A map showing Flint and a 22-mile radius -- the length of the Oklahoma tornado. A map showing Flint and a 22-mile radius -- the length of the Oklahoma tornado.
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While Oklahoma is no stranger to powerful tornadoes, Mid-Michigan has seen only a handful of EF-4 or EF-5 tornadoes.

According to the city of Ann Arbor's government website, since 1882, 343 people have been killed by tornadoes in Michigan.

The National Weather Service said late Tuesday afternoon that their examination of the Moore, OK, tornado rates it at an EF-5, the most powerful class of tornado. Mid-Michigan's last major deadly tornado event was the Beecher tornado on June 8, 1953 where 116 people were confirmed killed by an F-5.

In total, Michigan has been struck by four F-5 tornadoes. The tornado that hit Oklahoma on Monday left a swath of destruction 22 miles long and up to two miles wide, with winds up to 200 mph.

TV5 mocked up two maps to show the size of the Oklahoma tornado's footprint in comparison to the cities of Saginaw and Flint. Click to the right to make the images bigger.

The most deadly tornado outbreak in American history was the "Tri-State" tornado of March 18, 1925 where 695 people were killed. Following that, 317 people were killed in the Natchez, MS tornado of May 7, 1840. The most recent deadliest tornado was in Joplin, MO on May 22, 2011 where 158 people were killed.

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