Tuesday’s severe weather hits on Xenia tornado anniversary

Severe weather caused significant property damage near Xenia but no personal injuries as storms rolled through the region Tuesday afternoon, the anniversary of the 1974 Xenia tornado.

WEATHER: Tornado warnings cancelled, watch continues

On Tuesday, storms damaged trees, barns and other buildings spanning from Ludlow Road to Clifton Road in the area of U.S. 68 and Ohio 235, according to firefighters.

“The damage does appear to be more than straight line winds when you look at the patterns,” said Scott Dorsten with the Beavercreek Twp. Fire Department.

In 1974, a series of violent tornadoes wreaked havoc in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky on April 3, 1974. The system was part of “Super Outbreak,” according to the National Weather Service, which documented 148 tornadoes in 13 states in the eastern U.S.

The deadliest twister in the outbreak, an F-5, descended on Greene County, bulldozing a path a half-mile wide. When it was over, 33 people were dead and more than 1,300 were injured.

“Scary weather today also,” a person wrote on the Dayton Daily News Facebook page. No injuries or deaths are reported.

The region also experienced severe flooding on Tuesday.

Read more about the Xenia tornado.

Staff Writer Lisa Powell contributed reporting.

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