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    40th Anniversary Photo Flashback: Reliving the 1974 Super Tornado Outbreak

    By By Meghan Evans, AccuWeather meteorologist
    April 05, 2014, 4:28:58 AM EDT

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    "When you aren't at the scene of the tornado, you don't know how serious of a situation it is until you get to the hospital and see the victims," Barbara Connolly said.

    Connolly was working at the Kettering Memorial Hospital, near Dayton, Ohio, as a social worker intern when the 1974 Super Outbreak occurred. She assisted tornado victims, which flooded the normally-clear hospital hallways, the day after the twisters struck.

    "Realizing how seriously hurt so many people were was overwhelming," she said.

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    April 3-4, 2014, marks the 40th anniversary of the horrific tornado outbreak, which claimed the lives of more than 300 people and injured more than 6,000 others.


    One victim, a young girl whose parents were separated at another hospital after a tornado destroyed their home, remains imprinted in Connolly's memory.

    "A tragedy like that sticks with you, you have to experience it firsthand to realize what an impact a tornado has on the families involved," Connolly said. "I admired their resilience to get back to their normal lives and rebuild their community."

    A total of 148 tornadoes touched down from Alabama to Ohio over the course of the outbreak, leveling entire towns. One of the most notorious tornadoes tore through Xenia, Ohio.






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