Dayton Daily News reporters Chris Stewart, left, and Josh Sweigart are retracing the path of a devastating EF4 Memorial Day tornado that cut across Montgomery County. They are seen with WHIO Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs on one leg of the journey through Brookville. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF

NEW EPISODE: Tornado podcast focuses on neighborhood where two-thirds of homes mangled

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dayton Daily News reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart — joined at times by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs — are traveling the length of the largest of the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. It tore a path all the way across Montgomery County impacting thousands of homes and businesses. We are gathering people’s stories and investigating obstacles to recovery. This story is part of that coverage. Go here for the full project.


The largest of this year’s Memorial Day tornadoes pulverized Brookville’s Terrace Park neighborhood. Nearly 70 percent of the 192 homes in the subdivision were affected; one in three destroyed or severely damaged.

That’s where Dayton Daily News reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart, joined by News Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs, take listeners on the second episode of the new podcast: Walking the Path of the Storm. 


They spoke to families about their experience that night, when residents huddled together in hallways as the storm raged. Reporters investigated obstacles residents face to rebuilding today. Many of the homes there are still in shambles. 

Look for a full story on their findings in Brookville in Sunday’s Dayton Daily News. 

Our coverage started in the Perry Twp. soybean field where the tornado began, and with an interview with the owners with the first house it destroyed. 



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