Twister mirrors ‘Forgotten Tornado’ of 1969

The tornado that sent cars and debris flying in Beavercreek Tuesday came 46 years after what StormCenter 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek calls “The Forgotten Tornado.”

On May 8, 1969, a more powerful EF-3 tornado passed through nearly the same path as Tuesday’s EF-1 tornado.

The 1969 twister started near Rahn Road, crossed over Wilmington Pike and traveled along Stroop Road before passing through the area now occupied by The Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza.

With wind speeds at around 100 mph, Tuesday’s twister traveled about a half-mile and damaged multiple vehicles and businesses at The Greene.

“I’ve come to call this “The Forgotten Tornado” in the Dayton area as five years later the monster EF-5 in Xenia became the most notable tornado in … the state,” Wirdzek said.

">More information about the 1969 tornado can be found on Wirdzek’s Facebook page.

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