Remembering the Tornado Outbreak of 1974

In the wake of this week’s tornado devastation, I cannot help but to think of those in 1974. It was April 3, 1974. I was in my 3rd. year of teaching and finishing up my master’s program. I lived and worked in southern WV at the time. The Midwest, especially OH and IN, was trampled by the storm’s intensity. Much like what we saw in Alabama, Xenia, Ohio, was flattened by the magnitude of the storm. Showers and thunderstorms were predicted for the the day, but no one could predict the utter destruction that would follow. Tornadoes broke across the heartland with such an intensity and frequency never seen before in the United States. Homes and schools destroyed. Loved ones lost. 315 people lost their lives in this storm, and 5,000 people were injured.

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