On March 28, 1920, a deadly storm system dubbed “The Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak” spawned at least 37 tornadoes in the Midwestern states and some southern states, killing 153 people, including 12 from Michigan, and injuring at least 1,215 others on the roads. of destruction
By Palm Sunday afternoon, counties in west central Michigan experienced some tornado damage, though not as extensive or deadly as southern parts of the state. This tornado activity is believed to have originated from a confirmed F2 tornado west of Hart to Weare, Oceana County, which began as a waterspout over Lake Michigan. As it moved toward shore, it killed a man and destroyed a barn and a small house. Three people were injured.