1974 F4 Tornado

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1974 F4 Tornado - tlSl Y f VOL 238, NO. 94 LOUISVILLE, THURSDAY...
tlSl Y f VOL 238, NO. 94 LOUISVILLE, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 4, 1974 Copyright 1974, Thii Courier-Journol 72 PAGES 10 CENTS Tornadoes rip Kentucky, Indiana 117 killed dania n in tee ons niilli ge Half a dozen or more tornadoes ripped and slashed through Kentucky and Indiana yesterday afternoon, leaving behind at least 117 persons dead, hundreds injured and 'damage estimated in the millions of dollars. In Kentucky, where 73 were reported killed, the hardest hit areas appeared to be in Meade County with 24 dead, where Brandenburg was described as "devastated;" sections of Frankfort, hit several hours later; and eastern Louisville, where a twister in mid-afternoon tore a path up to 100 feet wide and several miles long through a densely populated area. In Indiana, three tornado systems ripped through south, southeastern and east-central Indiana, leaving at least 19 dead in widely scattered areas ranging from Branchville, in the extreme south, to Charlottesville, a tiny Hancock County Yesterday's tornadoes and their aftermath in words and pictures, Pages A 2-7, A 11, C 1 and B 16. community about 25 miles east of Indianapolis. Kentucky and Indiana, with at least 44 dead throughout the state, were the hardest hit of nine states in the Midwest and South raked by the tornadoes, which moved into Ontario before dissipating. All told, more than 235 persons were killed by the twisters in the U.S. and Canada. Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford called it "probably the most tragic day in the history of Kentucky." Ford ordered National Guard units into stricken areas of the state and said Army authorities at Ft. Knox and Ft? Campbell had been authorized to move to help. Ford said sightseers were impeding rescue efforts around the state. Gov. Otis R. Bowen mobilized Indiana National Guard units in six counties four of them in the heavily devastated southeastern areas of the state. Hardest hit of the Indiana communities was Madison, a city of 13,000 and the county seat of Jefferson County, Ind. The Jefferson County, Ind., sheriff reported at least five dead and hundreds of injured, mostly in a 15-block hilltop section overlooking downtown Madison. One death and 40 injuries were reported in the Daisy Hill Road area near Borden in northwest Clark County, Ind. The main line of destruction stretched parallel to the Ohio River along south eastern Indiana from Perry County north along the river to Switzerland County. In Cincinnati, five persons were reported killed as tornadoes cut northward from Kentucky into Ohio. (Story, Page A 11.) At least 20 died at Xenia, Ohio, Gov. John J. Gilligan ordered 250 National Guardsmen into that city, where the highway patrol reported several more deaths, the total number of which remain unconfirmed. The Price Hill and Montford Heights sections of Cincinnati, as well as suburban Bridgetown, Hamilton and Middle-town wore hardest hit by the tornado winds. In Louisville, Jefferson County Judge Todd Hollenbach imposed a county-wide curfew from 7:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. today. With power cut off to Louisville's only pumping station, the water company was frantically trying to restore service as its reservoir supply dwindled, and there was a threat the city would be dry by morning. Officials had already announced that city, county and Catholic schools would be closed today, and Hollenbach appealed to non-essential industries to close also. In Frankfort, a call went out throughout the state for emergency drug supplies to treat the injured. Ford called Kentucky's plight "an extreme state of emergency" and announced that federal disaster teams were already on their way. In Meade County, at least 24 persons were killed, according to Kentucky State Police, when a twister in mid-afternoon tore through Main Street from Broadway to the Ohio River, wiping out most of the city's business district. Emergency shelters were set up for the homeless, and Louisville Gas & Electric Company announced- it was cutting off gas service to the two because of the many leaks. State reports included two persons injured fatally near Elizabethtown, 10 in Louisville, 4 in Warren County, three north of Irvington near the Meade-Breckinridge County line, one at Samuels in. Nelson County and a woman in Simpson County. In Louisville, the twister hit at 4:30 p.m., as many persons were leaving work. It touched down at Standiford Field, ripping a roof from the terminal building and tossing it onto a parking lot, then slammed into the Kentucky Fairgrounds, See 117 ARE DEAD Back page, col. 6, this section

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  2. 04 Apr 1974, Thu,
  3. [First Edition],
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