DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Memorial Day Tornado Outbreak was a natural disaster of historic proportions. 15 tornadoes left two people dead and $1 billion in damage. Some areas hit by the storm were rebuilt while many were left abandoned, or were torn down.
The Wagner Ford Road area suffered some of the worst damage from the tornado. The Trotwood, Northridge and Old North Dayton areas took the brunt of the EF4 tornado that traveled from Brookville to Riverside.
The Trackside Hotel, which was in the process of being refurbished, was destroyed and later demolished due to the extensive damage.
The neighborhood to the south of the hotel was torn apart, with excessive damage to homes for blocks, including missing roofs and collapsed walls.
The Marathon Station on Wagner Ford was completely flattened during the storm. Fortunately no serious injuries or deaths occurred.
Grafton Kennedy Elementary School is located on top of a hill off Wagner Ford Road. The school is part of the Northridge City Schools District.
The tornado collapsed the outher walls and the roof at the school, devastating much of the building.
A year later, the building looks the same as it did the day after it was hit by the tornado. The property has been chained and taped off to prevent trespassers.
The EF4 tornado that ran a path through northern Montgomery County left the historic Hara Arena building in tatters. It destroyed dozens of homes and buildings in Trotwood, leaving many neighborhoods impassable for weeks.
Hara Arena sits as it did the day following the tornado. The only differences are trees growing through parts of its damaged structure.
The EF4 tornado began in Brookville, hitting ground south of the town and tearing the roof off Brookville High School and causing other damage. Other buildings and homes were destroyd by the tornado.
The school district was able to repair the school within a few months.
The EF3 tornado that hit portions of Miami County destroyed many of the homes and buildings in the Range Line Road area, west of West Milton. A year later, houses are still being reconstructed and repaired.
The first major tornado of the 2019 Memorial Day outbreak hit Celina. The tornado started west of town, and then traveled down Fairground Road where it destroyed homes an buildings in two new subdivisions.
The tornado threw a car into the home of Dale Hanna, 82, who was asleep in bed at the time the storm hit.
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