60 Moments: Wheelersburg Tornado

A scene of devastation followed the passage of the greatest twister in southern Ohio history.

On a hot and windy spring afternoon in April of 1968, a menacing tornado hop scotched from South Shore, Kentucky through Wheelersburg, Ohio. In a few minutes, 500 homes and businesses were either damaged or destroyed.

Residents said it felt like a train was coming through – the noise was terrible.

“Looked like everything was going haywire. I looked out and across the street from the Methodist church, the stained glass windows blew out and there was a house on the hill that tumbled over,” said a witness.

The storm left as fast as it had arrived, leaving behind 7 dead.

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