Created and maintained by Homer G. Ramby Waynesville, Ohio USA
On April 3, 1974 at 4:20 pm, my wife Terry and I were taking Rob, our son, around on his paper route in Waynesville, Ohio, along with my daughter Shari, our oldest son Don and Larry Smith, when I heard on a fire radio that a tornado had touched down in southern Montgomery Co.
I went home and picked up my camera and we headed toward Centerville, All the time as we were driving I noticed a dark cloud hanging down from the storm cloud, then all of a sudden to the east of our location at Royal Woods Ln. and Wilmington Pike , (we were 8.3 miles from Arrowhead and 14.3 miles from Wilberforce), we saw a tornado whip up from the ground up then it would disappear, then another one would appear then disappear, then one started then it formed 2 tornados side by side, then the 2 joined together to make the big one that hit Xenia, Ohio.
Our Fire Dept., Wayne Twp. Fire Dept., was dispatched to Xenia, Ohio, so I left there and went straight to Xenia, and helped out with the Fire Dept. and Life Squad.......Photos courtesy of and © 2015 by Homer G. Ramby - Waynesville, Ohio
The Xenia Tornado was F5 Length 32 miles 33 killed 1,150 injured
Map of our location This is where I took the photos
Homer Ramby Photo's Larry Houghton Photo's Julie Steinhilber Photo's
Southwest Ohio Fire & EMS- Dispatch to Listen to Live Radio broadcast
TORNADO WARNING - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar TORNADO WATCH - Tornadoes are possible in your area. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - Severe thunderstorms are occuring SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH - Severe thunderstorms are possible in your area.
WARNINGS AND WATCHES
The April 3-4, 1974 SUPEROUTBREAK, produced 148 tornadoes within a 24 hour period. This is the largest number on record. During the height of activity, 15 tornadoes were on the ground simultameously. 315 persons were killed, 5484 were injured within the 13 states and Canada in which tornadoes occurred. With a total 2598 miles the tornadoes traveled.
SUPEROUTBREAK April 3-4, 1974
Immediately after the outbreak, an aerial survey team was organized. Up to five aircraft were used to survey the entire damage area. Unexpectedly, continuous damage paths were found up and down steep slopes, across mountain tops, and through deep gorges. Press HERE for a list of All the States that were hit by Tornadoes
Video clip from Bruce Boyd, a 16-year-old Xenia High School student, captured the tornado on 8 mm film and still feels the lasting effects of grabbing the family's new movie camera. 1974 Xenia tornado (2.70MB) Before & After photo sent by Ben Faltinowski
Meteorologists Don E. Halsey, that was on duty at the Vandalia Weather Service Office that fateful day
Lisa Irene (Pagett) Hale who was in the Xenia Tornado
Lori J. Hellmund - Lori was 6 years old that day
William J. Brock - was 10 years old that day
Kelli Mendenhall - Lisa Hale's cousin
Pilot Robert Schwarts, who was flying in the area on that day
Shirley Stamps, who was in the Xenia tornado
Tornado in Xenia This photo might be what Shirley Stamps saw (Photographer Unknown)
Rick Hoag of Xenia, Ohio , who was in the Xenia tornado
Terry G. Hunter, who was in the Xenia tornado