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On March 28, 1920, a deadly storm system dubbed "The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak," spawned at least 37 tornados across the Midwest states and some southern states, killing 153 people, including 12 from Michigan, and injuring at least 1,215 of others on the paths of destruction.
By evening of Palm Sunday, Lake and Osceola counties experienced some tornado damage, though not as extensively or deadly as southern parts of the state. This tornado activity is thought to have originated from an F2 tornado confirmed west of Hart to Weare, Oceana County, which began as a waterspout over Lake Michigan. As it moved to shore, it killed a man and destroyed a barn and small home. Three people were injured.
Its path in Oceana County touched down for 10 miles and was 100-yards wide. With weather and storm tracking technology hardly in existence in 1920, this tornado is noted as possibly continuing many more miles into Lake and Osceola counties.
The headline from the Osceola County Herald issue from April 1, 1920, read, "Big Storm Sunday."
"In south and west Michigan points the severe storm, or young cyclone, of Sunday, did considerable damage, the death loss in this state being 12, and the property loss amounting to $2,000,000. In the vicinity of Reed City minor damage was done but apparently nothing very serious."