The small town of Xenia was all but destroyed when an F-5 tornado hit the community on April 3, 1974.
It was the most violent outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded at that time.
Across the U.S., 148 tornadoes touched down on that day as part of the storm system. Of the 300 people who died, 36 were killed in Ohio.
The second deadliest tornado system to hit Ohio was recorded on June 24, 1924. In Lorain, just outside of Cleveland, 85 people were killed by the tornadoes. Most of the fatalities were in Lorain.
In 1965, there was a deadly outbreak on Palm Sunday. Violent tornadoes were reported from Toledo to Cleveland. More than 50 people were killed.
In 1953, 17 people were killed and another 400 were injured, when tornadoes tore across Sandusky, Erie, Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties. The storm resulted in more than $3 million in damage.
Recently, tornadoes caused damage in Wood County on June 5, 2011. Seven people were killed, and a school was destroyed.
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