Throughout this week, I’ll be taking a look back at the devastation left behind from the worst tornado outbreak in history (April 3-4, 1974).
Today, I posted a picture of just one of the 148 tornadoes that touched down. Within a few hours, many commented about that terrifying day 40 years ago.
Melinda Thomas: “The scars still linger in Brandenburg...people are in their basements and the town empties when bad weather approaches....shows you fear never leaves...remembering those lost....my husband lost his grandmother that day, his father mourned her all his days...”
Sharon Stone: “I remember this all to well.. I was driving down Taylorsville Rd and could see the tornado on I64 East.. I remember thinking if I can only make it to the fire dept, I will run in there. As I rounded the corner onto Dutchmans Lane I saw all the firemen standing outside watching the tornado. I decided to drive the few blks home and take cover in the basement.”
Sara Kueber: “I was in elementary school and recall sitting on the step of our house, looking toward Brandenburg just 15 miles away and seeing all the darkness. Was yelling for my Mom. She knew then what was happening. My older sister and brother were in HS and were supposed to stay after school that day. That morning my Dad told them he wanted them home immediately after school, he 'had a bad feeling'. I am thankful our storm warning methods have advanced since 1974.”
Nan Lambert: “I remember it well, i sat on my front porch with my brother and watched it dance across the sky, destroying a school, damaging the fairgrounds and George Rodgers Clark Park. We didn't know what kind of damage it was doing when we saw it in the sky”
Sylvia J. Burke: “I lived in Lexington at the time. John and I had only been married 3 months & lived in a small trailer while he finished Pharmacy school. I remember when our power went out & he was working part time at the VA Hospital. He called to say everyone had to stay there b/c they were expecting patients to be brought in. All Lexington hospitals were on alert. It was a very scary night for me, alone in that rocking trailer. So thankful when everything settled down and he came home.”
Kelly Davis Ellis: “I was in kindergarten and spent several days in Kosair after a bush branch went through my arm. We were off Greenwood Rd in PRP.”
Duane Anderson: “I was 5. And lived by Churchill Downs. My parents put me in a bathtub and started praying.”
Cindy May Turner: “I live in Madison, In. I was 9 years old at the time. It was devastating to our little town then. I still have all of my Grandfather's articles about that day. One this town will never forget!”
Marian Able Kepley Smith: “I remember the ominous sky while riding the school bus home that day. Our bus driver was worried and told us to hurry home when he let us off. My dad was waiting on the porch. We watched out all the Windows, listened to the radio and sat at the top of the basement stairs. The sirens ran all night long, so many injured.”
Lynda Peterson Pugh: “The air was so thick you felt you could cut it with a knife. That eerie greenish/orange hue hung in the sky. Then a few hours later all hell broke loose. Working in a grocery in Valley Station, a customer came in and said, "Brandenburg just got hit and its headed this way."
Judy Nall Sisson: “I rode the bus back then, and what was normally about a 20 minute ride took over 2 hours. Every road the driver tried ended up being covered with downed trees. Such a scary time”
Jeff Dodd: “I remember it like yesterday. Saw so many things in the aftermath that are still vivid in my memory. Hard to believe it was that long ago.”
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