The Kalamazoo Tornado of 1980 struck downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 13, 1980. The tornado, which touched down at 4:09 pm, was rated F3 on the Fujita scale. The tornado killed 5 people and injured 79. Damage was estimated at $50,000,000.
The left a wide path of destruction through residential neighborhoods and downtown businesses. More than 1,200 people were displaced from their homes, according to the May 14, 1980 edition of the Kalamazoo Gazette.
The widespread destruction prompted then-Michigan Gov. William Milliken to declare Kalamazoo in a state of emergency, which resulted in a temporary 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew for local residents and sent a team of 231 state police to the city to help local law enforcement and volunteers.
The damage prompted Milliken to liken Kalamazoo to a "bombed-out city" while he toured the city after the storm subsided that evening.
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