: Two photographs document President Richard Nixon's visit to Xenia, Ohio, following the devastating tornado of 1974. Nixon toured Greene County and declared it a disaster area. The slides measure 2" x 2" (5.08 x 5.08 cm). On April 4, 1974 an F5 tornado (the most intense tornado, reaching speeds of over 261 miles per hour) hit Xenia. It touched down at 4:30 p.m. nine miles southwest of Xenia and entered town at 4:40 p.m. Of 25,000 residents, 33 were killed and 1600 were injured. More than 1400 buildings were damaged or destroyed and total estimated damages exceeded $400 million. Xenia was declared a national disaster area, and the American Red Cross, as well as several hundred Ohio National Guard troops, moved into Xenia for several weeks to assist with the rescue and clean up. The Xenia tornado was the deadliest and most damaging of storms that comprised the "Super Outbreak" that occurred April 3 and 4, 1974, when 148 storms hit thirteen states. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Transportation; Climate and Weather; Presidents and Politics; Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994; Presidents; Tornadoes; Helicopters Places
: Xenia (Ohio); Greene County (Ohio)