Skip to comments.April 3rd 1974 tornado outbreak
Posted on 04/03/2018 5:59:59 AM PDT by Mmogamer
On this Tuesday it is the 44th anniversary of the April 3rd tornado outbreak this was now the second largest outbreak of storms in history after the 2011 outbreak
I was in the middle of that one going to school in Muncie, IN. Both the schools where my sister taught, Morristown, and where my wife taught, New Palestine, were hit by separate tornados. I drove home through some pretty devastated areas. Scary day in central Indiana. At my sister’s school they got warned just in time to get kids off the busses and back in the school building, or there might have been a number of busses loaded with kids out on the roads in the path of the storm. Could have been tragic.
I’m old, and I tend to lose my sense of perspective, but I recall a few years ago a Tornado destroyed a church on Easter Sunday. Was that 2011?
Google seems to think it was 1994, and it was Palm Sunday.
Tornadoes in both of those storm outbreaks devastated my hometown of Cullman, AL.
There were about 60 people in our church basement on the night of 4-3-74. Looking back on it, it reminded me of the scene in the “Ten Commandments” in the home while the Death Angel passed over them. It was a very similar, somber scene. We were “passed over”. Several friends lost homes that terrible night. I will never forget it.
I lived about fifteen miles north of Xenia, Ohio which had a large part destroyed. I seemed like we had tornado drills weekly uhat school for years afterward.
Parts of the Ohio Valley will see tornadoes this afternoon.
I was just down the road from the Xenia, Ohio tornado. Although I was just a little Toddler at the time.
Heard the horror story from mom growing up, and is one of the 3 tornadoes I still think about it to this day whenever tornado come up. The other two tornadoes bad tornadoes are Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri.
Thanks for sharing the video.
For years there was a school off of state road 32 in Parker City or Farmersburg that was in ruins. I remember going by there when I was a kid.
I have never had any fear like that living in Texas.
If you ever watch those tornado shows on the weather channel and you see the footage of someone driving down the highway seemingly oblivious to the tornado crossing their path, that is because they actually have no idea that a tornado is in the area.
You beat me to it!
My GF was 8 years old and lived in Standale, Michigan, when an F5 devastated the city. They were able to flee, by car, at literally the last second.
Recall that day in Kentucky very vividly. Never knew chimneys and garbage cans could fly.
I drove home through Kennard, lived west of Greenfield at the time, and remember seeing the old school there. It took a direct hit, but stayed standing minus its roof and windows. It was one of those old 3 course of brick buildings. They were evidently built to last.
Google’s wrong. Palm Sunday was in 1965. Lived through that one too, though most of the damage was in northern Indiana and I lives in southern Indiana at the time.
I remember that day so very well. I was a junior in high school...in Mason, Ohio...just down the road from Xenia, Ohio (the worst area hit...I do believe.
Anyway, I was at the high school around 6pm for majorette practice or something like that, and we were all told to get downstairs to the locker rooms, right away. When we came back up, after it hit, we saw that the football fields press box had been lifted up and tossed into the baseball field and so many other damaged things. I couldnt get home, because the roads were all blocked. However, my grandfather was Police and Fire Chief at the time, and he came by the school to check on everyone, and I was able to leave with him.
Our house had some minor damage. The house on one side of us was untouched, and the house on the other side of us was completely destroyed.
To this day, I take tornado watches and warnings, VERY seriously!!
Be safe today, for those in the path of potential severe weather. We, here in the greater Louisville/southern Indiana area are under the gun for a potential tornado outbreak today.
I lived just down the road from Xenia, Ohio, too...in Mason, Ohio. I was a junior at the time.
We are under a severe weather watch today in parts of Michigan, although for snow....
Tuesday, April 10, 1979 also known as “Terrible Tuesday”. An F-4-5 formed West of Wichita Falls, Texas and stayed on the ground a mile wide for over an hour and the entire time within the city limits of Wichita Falls.
I lived in Spfld Mo for 13 years and became a radar freak. I’m out of the alley now but still look at the radar when I hear “scattered showers.” We were there for two towns being obliterated. GW came to visit one of the towns. Our house was 10 miles away and debris floated into our yard. Moved out in 2010, one year before Joplin got hit. I’m a basement hugger. Took a couple of years to get used to sirens meaning fire instead of twister.
Irony of it all is that when I was 15 my mom and us kids were in a tent in Wildwood NJ one night. I got sick (I never get sick) and was up when a string of storms went over. I just started praying. My mom was up by then and after what sounded like a train passing by all got quiet and we went to sleep. The next morning on the way to the beach we saw the twister had lifted just outside the campground by the looks of the trail damage.
When I wake up in the middle of the night I’ve gotten into the habit of praying. :)
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