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    EF3 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 in this photo shows strong  EF3 damage.  Generally winds of 125 to 145 mph will remove the roof from a retail center and cause its exterior walls to collapse.

    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.  Large retail centers, such as the grocery store pictured here, can be especially dangerous, since the large open spaces make the structure more prone to collapse.  If you are working or shopping in one of these stores when a tornado warning is issued, get to a small, interior room such as a bathroom, storage closet or office.  It is important to remain calm and be aware of others around you, since panic can spread easily in crowded areas.
     

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