1980 Kalamazoo tornado
|Formed||May 13, 1980, 4:09 pm EDT|
|Max. rating1||F3 tornado|
|Areas affected||Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States|
|1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale|
The Kalamazoo Tornado of 1980 struck downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Tuesday, May 13, 1980. The tornado, which touched down at 4:09 pm, was rated F3 on the Fujita scale. The tornado killed 5 people and injured 79. Damage was estimated at $50,000,000.
The tornado left a path of destruction 11 miles (18 km) long during its approximately 20-minute duration. It was notable for having struck the heart of downtown, damaging or destroying many notable buildings, parks, and landmarks. The massive F3 caused a power outage so extensive, phone companies pleaded for people to only use phones for emergencies. In total, the storm caused 5 deaths, 79 injuries, and about 1,200 people were left homeless.
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