Today, May 13, is the 35th anniversary of the Kalamazoo tornado of 1980. The funnel cloud ripped through the northwest side of the city and then devastated portions of downtown Kalamazoo. Five lives were lost due to the storm.

(Photo by NOAA Photo Library/Getty Images)

 

The Kalamazoo Gazette/MLive has a photo gallery of photographs taken during and after the storm.

WKZO-TV (now WWMT) produced a half hour special after the tornado.