image_pdfimage_print F-5 tornado went straight through Xenia, Ohio’s downtown.

The only other tornado super outbreak to come close happened in 2011. It spawned more tornadoes, but April 3-4, 1974 had more big tornadoes.

In 1974, there were a total of 148 tornadoes touching down in 13 states over the course of two days in early April. Of those 148 tornadoes, 23 were F4’s and 7 were F5’s — the biggest and worst tornadoes on the Fujita scale with winds blowing at least 207 miles per hour.

These tornadoes left hundreds dead, thousands injured and leveled entire communities. See more…