New podcast takes listeners on the path of the Memorial Day tornadoes

Credit: Chuck Hamlin

Credit: Chuck Hamlin

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 Dayton Daily News is sending reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart — joined at times by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs — to travel the length of the largest tornado that hit our region on Memorial Day. It tore a path all the way across Montgomery County, destroying and damaging  hundreds of homes and businesses.

Along the way, they are gauging recovery efforts and asking survivors what obstacles they are facing to getting back on their feet.

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Their trek begins in the Perry Twp. soybean field where the twister first formed. From there, they traveled the storm’s path, talking to the owners of the first home demolished by the EF4 and others who saw and felt its wrath.

Follow their progress in a new podast, where they discuss what they saw and heard along the way. Listen to Part 1 of “Walking the Path of the Storm” here:


Look for a full report on their findings, including photos, videos and interviews, in Sunday’s Dayton Daily News.


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