Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Xenia Tornado


We live in the same county as Xenia, OH; maybe 20 miles away. The biggest tornado they had occurred April 3, 1974 and was a F5 category tornado with winds up to 300 mph. It destroyed more than one thousand homes and businesses. Hardly any buildings remained standing in Xenia's downtown. Thirty-three (33) people died in the storm, with approximately another 1,150 people injured. I remember photos of a diesel locomotive knocked over on its side. As I recall the tornado struck around 4-5 p.m.  That was a stroke of luck because Xenia High School was decimated.

-- Dick Cosgrove,DHS '56

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