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steve carmody / Michigan Radio

65 years ago today, Michigan was struck one of the deadliest tornado’s in U.S. history.

The powerful F5 tornado touched down north of Flint just after 8:30 on the night of June 8th , 1953.

The twister’s 27-mile path of destruction tore through the small community of Beecher, home to 113 of the 116 people who died. The oldest victim was 80 years old.  The youngest was only 5 months.

Nearly a thousand people were injured.

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

Severe weather is slamming parts of western Michigan as storms move east across the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist T.J. Turnage says Saturday that officials have seen "indications of tornados on radar, and very good indications they have occurred and debris lifted up with them."

Turnage says parts of Allegan and Kent counties, and the outskirts of Grand Rapids are seeing some of the worst weather.

Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

Across Michigan, sirens will wail this afternoon

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

This afternoon at 1:30, there will be a voluntary statewide tornado drill.

“Tornadoes can develop rapidly, with little or no warning,” says Capt. Chris Kelenske of the Michigan State Police, who is the deputy state director of emergency management and Homeland Security.