Oakland County Twisters: A Historical Guide

A large two-story home with large, moving clouds above it. The sky is darkening and it appears that bad weather is on its way.

If you’re fascinated by weather, you’ll love our Tornadoes Map, created with data from local weather geek Matt Malone by Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team. It shows a limited history of the tornado paths and touchdown points, and their EF scale ratings, from 1953 – 2015. Go back to July of 1957, and view the path of an EF4 tornado that traveled 29.9 miles, almost all the way across the southern portion of Oakland County. In 1998, a funnel was spotted after having touched down near Otter Road and Sylvan Lake. It lifted without causing any damage – what a relief! Click on the map to learn more and get details on twisters that touched down here in the past.

A screenshot of a GIS Map of tornado paths and starting/touchdown points in Oakland County, Michigan ca. 1953-2015. Data provided by NOAA, OCIT, and Matt Malone of Farmington Hills GIS. Continue reading

September is National Preparedness Month

Hand completing Emergency Preparation List by Equipment

Do you know what to do when disaster strikes? Do you, your family, neighbors, and co-workers have a plan in the event of a fire, medical emergency, or extreme weather?

National Preparedness Month is a time for residents to plan ahead. Being ready during an emergency is not just about personal safety; it is about protecting loved ones and first responders, who risk their own well-being to protect others. Oakland County Homeland Security is helping residents during National Preparedness Month with the “Your Emergency Plan” downloadable form. Continue reading