June 8th marks 65 years since Beecher tornado killed hundreds - WNEM TV 5

June 8th marks 65 years since Beecher tornado killed hundreds

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June 8 marks a somber anniversary in Mid-Michigan.

It’s been 65 years since a tornado cut a path of destruction and death from Flushing to Lapeer.

>>Slideshow: A look back at the Beecher tornado<<

The F-5 twister was one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history.  It was one of eight tornadoes that sprung up in the area on the night of June 8, 1953.

The tornado destroyed hundreds of homes on its 27-mile journey.

Of the 116 deaths, 113 occurred in a four-mile stretch of Coldwater Road, from Clio Road to Dort Highway. The oldest fatality was 80 and the youngest was just five months.

According to the National Weather Service, this F5 tornado was the last one in the United States to result in over 100 fatalities. The Beecher tornado is also one of just two F5 tornadoes in Michigan's history, with the other occurring on April 3rd, 1956 through Ottawa, Kent, and Montcalm counties. 

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