Monday, March 28, 2016

96 Years Ago Today...

The first round of strong and severe storms of the seasons moved through the area last night. But 96 years ago in 1920 on Palm Sunday a much bigger but largely forgotten local tornado outbreak struck. 

Below are images (courtesy of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library) of damage in Swanton and Raab. If you're not familiar Raab no longer exists as a town, but was located in western Lucas County. The damage following this day of storms was so extensive in the small town that it was not rebuilt. 

Raab, OH

Raab, OH

Swanton, OH

Extensive damage was also reported in Defiance County and other parts of Northwest Ohio. At least 19 people died in the storms.

Here is the official weather map from March 28, 1920:

Over time, this 1920 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak has largely been overshadowed by the 1965 outbreak on the same date.