The Xenia, OH F5 Tornado – April 3, 1974

On a day that has lived in infamy, the city of Xenia, OH, fell victim to the deadliest of 148 twisters during the April 3-4, 1974 Tornado Super Outbreak. Its track began southwest of the community before the vortex shredded through neighborhoods and the downtown district. From there, the storm continued its reign of terror into the towns of Wilberforce and Cedarville before lifting in rural Clark County. Over the following days, the loss of life rose to 36 people, the majority of which were in Xenia.

To an average reader, the name “Xenia” may be synonymous with “tornado,” “death,” or “destruction.” Over the following decades, a plethora of media and narratives on this event have been distributed in every format imaginable; on the surface, that is what many people will find with a “Xenia” search. But it’s the fine details of history that disappear over time. What happened to the lost loved ones, and who were they? Who were the heroes in the heat of the battle? And while Xenia is deservedly the focal point of this tragedy, they were not alone. From the twister’s origin to its dissipation, this work aims to share the survivors’ stories, preserve their memories, and document all of the damage and surrounding history.

Blue Ash, OH F4 Tornado – April 9, 1999

9 tornadoes were confirmed on April 9, 1999. Most were in Indiana and Ohio but there was an F1 in Spotsylvania County, VA. The strongest tornado for the day is the subject of this summary. It was an F4 that traveled 10 miles through parts of Hamilton and Warren Counties in OH. There were 65 injuries and 4 fatalities reported.

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