On April 3, 1974 people in Xenia saw black smoke rising, like a wall. Then the wall started turning, in slow motion and they knew what was coming. It was an F-5 tornado. There were twisters all through Ohio and in other states- 148 were confirmed that day throughout the United States and Canada.
The tornado that struck Xenia killed 32 people and injured over 1000. Two National Guardsmen also died fighting a fire. Hundreds of homes were shredded into bits and downtown was demolished.