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    EF2 Tornado Damage - Xenia, Ohio

    04/03/1974


    Photographer's description not available.

    Photographer Unknown, Berrien County Michigan Emergency Management
    Date taken Unknown
    Location Xenia, OH (Greene County)     map
    Event Tornado damage

    Additional notes
    The damage these businesses suggests high-end EF2 or low-end EF3 tornado damage, with the heaviest damage occurring to the building on the far right.  This photo suggests wind speeds of 120-140 mph, which will cause the loss of exterior walls to fast food structures.

    The tornado that caused this damage tore a devastating path across Xenia, Ohio during the Super Outbreak of 1974. 
    The tornado, rated F5 on the old Fujita scale, killed over 30 people, injured 1100, and destroyed more than 1000 homes.  Some of the F5 damage that this tornado inflicted on Xenia can be seen elsewhere in this photo gallery.

    Related NWS Product: Tornado Warning

    Safety Note: Business owners should always have a tornado safety plan in place, and have it posted in view of customers.  When a tornado warning is issued, fast food restaurants and other small businesses should lead customers and employees to a small interior room, such as a restroom or cooler.
     

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