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Anniversary of deadly tornado outbreak in Michigan

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By Judy Reed

 

This past Monday, April 3, was the 61st anniversary of the worst tornado outbreak in western Michigan, which spawned the Hudsonville/Standale tornado, one of the few F5 tornadoes ever in the state. Several other tornadoes occurred that day, including an F4 and an F3.

The Hudsonville/Standale tornado traveled a 48-mile path from Vriesland (just east of Zeeland) to Trufant on April 3, 1956 in just one hour. It was as wide as four football fields at one point, according to meteorologist Bill Steffen. There were 17 deaths and 340 injuries.

It was photographed near Baldwin and 28th in Hudsonville, from about 2 miles south. The photo shows a large tornado funnel, in contact with the ground, along with the yellow sky and greenish storm clouds that were mentioned by many eyewitnesses.

Do you remember this tornado? Please send us an email at news@cedarspringspost.com, or send us a letter to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 with what you remember.

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