Created and maintained by Homer G. Ramby Waynesville, Ohio USA
On April 3, 1974 at 4:20 pm, my wife Terry and I were taking Rob, our son, around on his paper route in Waynesville, Ohio, along with my daughter Shari, our oldest son Don and Larry Smith, when I heard on a fire radio that a tornado had touched down in southern Montgomery Co.
I went home and picked up my camera and we headed toward Centerville, All the time as we were driving I noticed a dark cloud hanging down from the storm cloud, then all of a sudden to the east of our location at Royal Woods Ln.?and Wilmington Pike ,?(we were 8.3 miles from Arrowhead and 14.3 miles from Wilberforce), we saw a tornado whip up from the ground up then it would disappear, then another one would appear then disappear, then one started then it formed 2 tornados?side by side, then the 2 joined together to make the big one ? that hit Xenia, Ohio.
Our Fire Dept., Wayne Twp. Fire Dept., was dispatched to Xenia, Ohio, so I left there and went straight to Xenia, and helped out with the Fire Dept. and Life Squad.......Photos courtesy of and ? 2001 by Homer G. Ramby - Waynesville, Ohio
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WARNINGS AND WATCHES
The April 3-4, 1974 SUPEROUTBREAK, produced 148 tornadoes within a 24 hour period. This is the largest number on record. During the height of activity, 15 tornadoes were on the ground simultameously. ?315 persons were killed, ?5484 were injured within the 13 states and Canada in which tornadoes occurred. With a total 2598 miles the tornadoes traveled.
SUPEROUTBREAK April 3-4, 1974
Immediately after the outbreak, an aerial survey team was organized. Up to five aircraft were used to survey the entire damage area. Unexpectedly, continuous damage paths were found up and down steep slopes, across mountain tops, and through deep gorges. Press ?HERE? for a list of All the States that were hit by Tornadoes
- Map of our location? This is where I took the photos
- Xenia Tornado ?Photo 1? Started then disappeared
- Xenia Tornado ?Photo 2? Small one
- Xenia Tornado ?Photo 3? Two tornados that formed the big one
- Xenia Tornado ?Photo 4 ? Starting to enter Xenia
- Xenia Tornado ?Photo 5 ? At Wilberforce
- Destruction ?Photo 6
- Destruction ?Photo 7 ? Langs Chevrolet Used cars.- is now occupied by Bob Evans resturant
- Destruction ?Photo 8
- Destruction ?Photo 9 ? Maumee Drive in Arrowhead
- Today - July 98? Maumee Drive in Arrowhead
- Destruction ?Photo 10
- Destruction ?Photo 11 ? Blacks Furniture Store, US 42
- Today - July 98 ? Blacks Furniture Store, US 42
- Destruction ?Photo 12
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- Destruction ?Photo 14
- Destruction ?Photo 15
- Destruction ?Photo 16
Photos 17 thru 28 are by
of St. Johns, Mich. who
sent me these photos he took, a week later.
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- Meteorologists ? Don E. Halsey, that was on duty at the Vandalia Weather Service Office that fateful day
- Lisa? Irene (Pagett) Hale who was in the Xenia Tornado
- Kelli ? Mendenhall - Lisa Hale's cousin
- Pilot? Robert Schwarts, who was flying in the area on that day
- Shirley? Stamps, who was in the Xenia tornado
- Tornado in Xenia?This photo might be what Shirley Stamps saw (Photographer Unknown)
- Rick ? Hoag of Xenia, Ohio , who was in the Xenia tornado