XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) - For the residents of Xenia, the tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma hits especially close to home.
The community has been devastated by tornadoes multiple times in the past and even though it's been years since one hit, reminders are still everywhere.
Even under sunny skies, you cannot hide the scars tornadoes have left on this Greene County community. The storms leveled buildings and stole lives.
"I lost a cousin in the '74 tornado. She tried to come home from Central State. She was in a vehicle the size of a Suburban and when it was done, it was the size of a Volkswagen," said Matthew Honaker, Xenia tornado survivor.
Laura Hull was one of 34 people killed during the disaster and after a second deadly tornado in September 2000, there is always a fear another storm will strike.
"You never know where it is going to hit at, you never know where it is going to touch down or anything. You just have to be prepared for it."
City Manager Jim Percival tells me the city has made improvements to it's communications center, conducted countless hours of training and does monthly tests of sirens.
Just last fall, Xenia started using the Hyper Reach phone system that allows them to call the more than 25,000 residents in less than 5 minutes to warn of threatening weather.
"I would say just going through it, just makes you more aware and better prepared the next time," said Jim Percival, Xenia City Manager.
While everyone hopes next time never happens, Moore is a reminder that Mother Nature doesn't discriminate.
"People are resilient. They've been through it before, but it still brings back a lot of memories of all the things that came with the tornadoes."
Life will go on, although Honaker will be the first to tell you it will never be the same.
That's why he has these words for the victims in Moore as they move forward. "Have faith, pray, you'll make it."
The city manager says they are trying to get organized to figure out what exactly they can do to help the victims in Moore.
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Parts of Montgomery County saw up to 3.5 inches of snow Tuesday, while areas to the north saw as little as half an inch of snow.
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Dayton police detectives are investigating a homicide Sunday night at the newly opened truck stop on Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper was involved in an accident in Clark County Tuesday morning.