INTERACTIVE: Path of destruction of 17 tornadoes in 1974

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A series of dramatic photographs from the Dayton Daily News archive documents in gritty black and white the devastation left in Xenia by a 1974 tornado.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

In April of 1974, a swath of tornadoes hit the region that caused more than $100 million in damages in Ohio alone, including a famous tornado in Xenia.

These tornadoes were part of a larger system called a Super Outbreak, multiple tornadoes that are spawned within the same system. Typical outbreaks are six to 10 tornadoes.

The 1974 outbreak was the second-largest on record in a 24-hour period with 148 tornadoes that hit 13 states and caused more than $600 million in damages, according to the National Weather Service.

Below is a map showing the path of tornadoes that hit the region during the Super Outbreak:

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