EDITOR’S NOTE: Dayton Daily News reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart — joined at times by Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs — traveled the length of the largest of the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. It tore a path across Montgomery County, impacting thousands of homes and businesses. They gathered people’s stories and investigated obstacles to recovery. This story is part of that coverage. Go here for the full project.
When reporters set out to travel the 18-mile path of the largest tornado to hit our area on Memorial Day, they didn’t know what they would find.
Their goal was to tell the stories of the people they met, chronicle how the tornadoes will impact our region for years to come and assess obstacles to rebuilding.
For the final episode of the Walking the Path of the Storm podcast, Dayton Daily News reporters Chris Stewart and Josh Sweigart, and Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs, walked the final length of the tornado’s path. Then they sat down to discuss what they learned in this monthlong project.
They traveled to the EF4 tornado’s end in Riverside, where it dealt one last blow before dissipating.
They also traveled to other areas hit by other tornadoes that night, such as Beavercreek, Miami County and Butler Twp.
Among the things they learned is that it will take a long time to recover from this event, and recovery requires people to not forget the lessons learned in the path of the storm.
EPISODE 4: Tornado podcast takes listeners through Trotwood, Harrison Twp., Old North Dayton
EPISODE 3: Where is the money donated for tornado relief going?
WALKING THE PATH OF THE STORM PODCAST EPISODE 2:
WALKING THE PATH OF THE STORM PODCAST EPISODE 1:
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