1997 : Tornados Devastate Michigan

July 2, 2018 all-day

On July 2, 1997, the Free Press reported that tornadoes and funnel clouds ravaged Michigan from Grand Rapids and Lansing to metro Detroit.

“The wind tossed Dumpsters about like cardboard boxes, clogged streets with mangled trees, ruptured gas lines and shattered windows,” a Free Press article from July 3 said.

It the deadliest storm to hit Michigan since 1965.

Originally the storm had killed 12 people, but the death toll climbed to 16 when fumes from a gasoline-powered electric generator killed a 54-year-old Detroit woman and three of her grandchildren, according to a Free Press article from July 5.

Caroline Blackmon, “It’s the 21st anniversary of tornadoes that demolished Michigan“, Detroit Free Press, July 2, 2018.

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