XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) - It was a beautiful, sunny day in Xenia Wednesday, but April 3 will forever have a dark cloud.
On April 3, 1974 an F5 tornado ripped through the city and beyond. It killed more than 30 people and injured more than 1300 others. Half of the buildings in the city were damaged and approximately 300 homes were destroyed.
Carolyn Robinson, 75, of Xenia, still gets emotional when talking about the tornado that struck 39 years ago. She stopped to pay her respects to the victims identified on a memorial near the courthouse Wednesday.
"I was 36 when it happened and I will never forget the sound. It sounded like an airplane," said Robinson. "It looked like we had been bombed."
The homes in her Xenia neighborhood were all damaged if not destroyed. But, to this day, Carolyn considers herself lucky.
"I'm just thankful I wasn't like a lot of people who had to visit to morgues to try and find my children," said Robinson.
Carolyn said she and her children took shelter in the basement of their north King street home while debris crashed around them.
"We had to move out of the house for five months and rebuild it but there were a lot of homes taken on King street that were beautiful old homes," said Robinson. "We did what we needed to do. We fixed our house and we came back."
Robinson still lives in the home today.
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