Wicked Weather Week: Michigan's worst tornadoes

 Wicked Weather Week continues and tonight we're taking the history of Michigan tornadoes.

Every spring and summer, tornadoes make headlines as they sweep across the central United States, bringing familiar scenes of loss and despair. 

While Michigan is not in what's known as "Tornado Alley" a look back on historical storms in southeast Michigan and nearby Ontario might suggest otherwise.

-June 17, 1946: Windsor; F-4

-June 8, 1953, Flint Beecher;  F-5

-May 8, 1964, Chesterfield Township, F-4

-April 11, 1965, Manitou Beach Devils Lake; F-4

-April 3, 1974, Windsor; F-3

-March 20, 1976, West Bloomfield;  F-4

-July 2, 1997, Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park; F-2

-August 24, 2007, Fenton; EF-2

-June 6, 2010, Dundee; EF-2

And most recently on March 15, 2012, in Dexter an EF-3 slashed across Washtenaw County. You saw live coverage right here on FOX 2 before, during and after the storm hit.

Other spots making the tornado list include Holly, Harsens Island, New Boston, Sarnia, Milford, Port Huron, Ann Arbor, Temperance, Onsted, Tipton, Hartland, Flat Rock, Ida and Monroe.

So far this year we have not had much in the way of severe weather. That's good, but do not get caught off-guard.

Of course, modern tools of the trade including weather radar, advanced satellites and computer modeling of the atmosphere have greatly increased our knowledge and understanding of thunderstorms that produce twisters.

Yet in southern Michigan, deadly storms have struck in the past and will strike again in the future. 

Remember, life-threatening weather comes in many forms... from lightning to flash floods to straight-line winds and we get them all here.

But May through August brings our highest chance for tornadoes, so be aware, be informed and be smart.  
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