Tornado season usually doesn't hit until April. Already this year, we've seen that mother nature has stepped up her time table.

March 3, 2019. Over the course of 6 hours, a total of 40 tornadoes touched down across portions of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. The strongest of these was an EF4 tornado that devastated rural communities from Beauregard, Alabama to Talbotton, Georgia, killing 23 people and injuring 97 others. (Wikipeda)

March 14, 2019. A tornado touched down in mid-Michigan Thursday evening, tearing into homes near Durand as severe storms marched across the Lower Peninsula. (WOOD-TV)

  • An average of 15 tornadoes occur in Michigan each year.
  • In Michigan most tornadoes occur in April, May, June and July between 3 PM-7 PM.
  • The typical tornado as it touches the ground averages 200 to 400 yards, averaging winds of 71-125 mph in Michigan. (

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is declaring March 24-30 as Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) are calling on residents to take action by participating in a voluntary statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27.

Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are encouraged to engage in this statewide preparedness activity but are not required to do so. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate. (

Read the full press release on the statewide tornado drill scheduled for WEDNESDAY, March 27th.

Head here for a full list of tornado tips to get you and your family ready for the drill and tornado season in Michigan.

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