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Welcome to the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Web Site of the June 8th, 1953 Flint-Beecher Tornado

On June 8, 1953, the deadliest tornado in Michigan history struck the northern Flint community of Beecher-- killing 116 and injuring 844 along its path.

To commemorate the event and promote severe weather awareness, the pages within describe some of the events of that day, advances in the science of tornado prediction, survivor stories, and various news accounts of the event.

A commemoration ceremony, open to the public, was held at Noon, Sunday, June 8th, 2003, at the Beecher High School Auditorium near the corner of Saginaw Street and Coldwater Road.