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    EF4 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 total destruction of the well-constructed office building in this photo is consistent with  EF4 damage.  This suggests winds between 140-170 mph.

    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:  If you are working in an office building when a tornado warning is issued, get to a small, interior room on the lowest floor such as a bathroom or storage closet.  Stay away from windows or other objects which may become dangerous projectiles.  If you are working on an upper floor, get to the lowest floor by using the stairs, not the elevator, so you do not become trapped if power is lost.  Interior stairwells work well as tornado shelters.
     

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