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On April 3rd, 1974 people in Xenia saw black smoke rising, like a wall, and then the wall started turning in.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.As part of an oral history project, staffers from the Greene County Public Library interviewed people who were in Xenia that day. And those voices make up our series.

Bad Weather Pushes Back Ohio Tornado Drill

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Ohio emergency management officials say a statewide tornado drill has been pushed back two days because more wintry weather is on the way.
 
Tornado sirens around the state were to blast Wednesday morning. But because another winter storm is on the way, the test has been delayed until 9:50 a.m. Friday. The test will last three minutes.
 
The National Weather Service is forecasting a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain starting Tuesday morning with a changeover to rain during the day. Rain is then expected to change over to snow Tuesday night into Wednesday, with heavy snow possible Wednesday in some southern parts of the state.
 
Some low-lying areas could see flooding, too.