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"Xenia Lives" 40 Years After Destructive F-5 Tornado
XENIA -- It's been 40 years since the monster hit the city, but the community remembers it like it was yesterday.
Thirty-three people lost their lives when the F-5 tornado tore through the City of Xenia.
Four decades later, those living here still remember even the tiniest details of that day.
"We saw this cloud that was almost like boiling," said Catherine Wilson, a tornado survivor.
"Everything around me blew out," said Tammy Taylor, who also survived the tornado.
"It was kind of this (makes sound) like a big deep breath. And this horrible glass crushing around it was (shivers) yeah," said Wilson.
"We laid beside her bed and um, the house was totally destroyed around us," said Taylor.
"All the doors slammed shut in the house and we heard the glass swirling around and hitting the walls it was a really, really loud horrible sound," said Wilson.
"They were under that wall and I was just standing close to them by the door," said Taylor.
Memories of that day are ingrained in their minds.
"Neighbors helped get my mom and my brother out from under the wall," said Taylor.
And for many, those memories still haunt them.
"I kind of turned around in my little space that I was in and looked out and until I turned around so I could see Warner Junior High," said Taylor, "I didn't know what direction I was facing because everything was flattened."
"For 30 years afterward I had tornado dreams every spring," said Wilson, "And I have them less frequently now but I still have them."
"It's a miracle that Xenia didn't lose more people that day," said Taylor.
A miracle and tragedy that forever changed Xenia and its community, but for them, Xenia lives.
"We are keeping that spirit alive by saying Xenia still lives, we are still here, we're not going any where," said Wilson.
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