Déjà vu: Storm cleanup brings back memories of 1974 tornado

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Tuesday’s powerful storms knocked out power to the McDorman farm, shifted the foundation of a building, peeled back the door to one barn and sheered off the roof of an another barn.

“It was a matter of minutes… less than an hour,” Louis McDorman estimated the time it took strong winds to dismantle the family’s property. 

No one, including employees and livestock, were hurt during the storm.

McDorman, a fourth generation farmer at his family’s Clark County homestead, was just a child in 1974 when an even stronger storm caused greater destruction.

READ MORE: Xenia Tornado a vivid memory 41 years later

“Except for maybe one grain bin, everything was destroyed… no electricity, no nothing for a good couple of months. We were part of the Xenia tornado,” McDorman said.

The family completely rebuilt after the deadly tornado. 

Another farmer, Ryan Barclay, purchased a nearby property several decades ago. He said the previous owner also rebuilt when the 1974 leveled much of the farm.

Wednesday, Barclay was cleaning up down trees and debris. One unsteady corner was all that was left standing of one of his barns.

“It’s just kind of overwhelming just to see the mess and thinking about how to get it cleaned up,” said Barclay.

Both farmers said it would be several days before fields would be dry enough to retrieve windblown debris.

McDorman was hoping power would be restored to his property by Wednesday evening.

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