1980 Kalamazoo tornado

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Kalamazoo Tornado of 1980
F3 tornado
Formed May 13, 1980 (1980-05-13), 4:09 pm EDT
Max rating1 F3 tornado
Damage $50,000,000
Areas affected Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale
Map of the tornado path.

The Kalamazoo Tornado of 1980 struck downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, on 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.[1]

The tornado left a path of destruction 11 miles (18 km) long during its approximately 20-minute duration.[2] 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.[3]

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  1. ^ "Kalamazoo 1980 Tornado". Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Genealogy and Local History. Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2006. 
  2. ^ "TWISTER! The 1980 Tornado". Kalamazoo Public Library – Local History. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "TORNADO!". Vanished Kalamazoo. Archived from the original on September 8, 2006. Retrieved July 30, 2006. 

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