On the 13th May 1980, A F3/EF3 Tornado struck the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Tornado first touched down at 4:00pm eight miles of the city limits, it steadly moved eastward through downtown Kalamazoo.

Photo credit: Kalamazoo public library

The Tornado dissipated east of the city at around 4:25pm. So essentially, the Tornado was on the ground for twenty five minutes.Twenty five minutes had passed by, however the devastation left in the wake of this Tornado was substantial.

Five people died, seventy nine injured and over fifty million dollars in property damage. William Milliken walked through the area hours later, and suggested the following: “It reminds me of a bombed out city”’

We highly recommend you read the Kalamazoo public library’s dedicated webpage on the Tornado, click here to take a read…

…We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this Tornado a substantial introduction.

Now you’ve read about it, now relive the Kalamazoo, Michigan Tornado of May 13th 1980 thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.  

Find an incredible gallery of photos of damage caused by this Tornado here.

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