April 3,1974

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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    I have heard a story that that the tornado that day that hit Hanover and Madison, Indiana was "pushed" slightly north by a massive steam release when the generating plant there was destroyed...ultimately alterring the path into the western part of Hamilton County, instead of the projected trajectory into downtown Cincinnati. I've always wondered if that was true.
    My dad's family is from Madison, and it must've been a weekend day, as we were there at my grandparents' house in downtown Madison when it hit, and much of our family was there. We made our way to the interior parts of the house, and my cousin and I were hunkered down in the cast-iron bathtub.

    I was 3 years old going on 4, and that night is one of my earliest memories of my life. Very frightening to see the fear on the faces of the adults who were our protectors. It destroyed the top of the hill, including ripping the roof off Shawe High School, where my dad and all his brothers and sisters went to school.
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    I was a sophomore at Whitley County. Dad was going to welding school in Corbin and working 3rd shift at Roper in Williamsburg. He was driving from school to work down I-75 when all this happened.

    I noticed the weather when I was feeding the hogs that evening. The storming started as I got back to the house. Not long after, we were watching the weather out of the window and noticed that the International 1500, sitting in the carport, started rocking back and forth. Mom, my sister, and myself made a beeline to the basement. We lost power and it got really loud outside, stuff flying around. The next day we found a path, wide enough for a truck to navagate, had been cut through the woods in our north pasture, from the tree line to the top of the ridge. Just as clean as it would have been if it had been bulldozed. No debris anywhere. Dad figured the tornado set down about 20 yards from the tree line. That meant it landed about 200 yards from the house.

    There was nothing above the road but a wooded area and pasture back then. There are 5 or 6 houses up there, now.

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    An F4 touched down in Corbin that evening at about the time the one hit our farm. We were listening to a radio in the basement and the DJ on WCTT that night reported that Yeary's Motel had been damaged.

    He was also scared to death.

    My sister and I were just talking about it this evening. He kept playing the same 2 songs over and over. "I Can See Clearly Now" and "Hooked On A Feeling". He probably had no lights.

    "Uga Uga Uga Chaka"

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    I was a sophomore at EKU and ironically enough I had an afternoon Climatology class with the day's topic being tornadoes. We watched a film about the causes of tornadoes. When we left class I remember a couple hours later telling a guy who was in the class with me that the air felt like the conditions favorable to tornado formation that we had covered earlier.

    Later in the evening 4 of us decided to go out to Jerry's Restaurant. I looked at the sky and it had a pale greenish color to it. I told the guys that maybe we shouldn't go, that the sky looked weird. And I had heard on the radio that Louisville had been hit with a tornado. One of them said, "Nothing to worry about, the sky looks like its clearing to me."

    As soon as we made it to Jerry's it started hailing. We finished our meal and headed back downtown to get a case of beer. While we were in the liquor store the electricity went out. Matter of fact it had gone out all over Richmond and the college campus. What we didn't know at the time was a tornado had ripped through the White Hall community out on I-75 and did major damage to an elementary school, a service station, and some barns. No life was lost at White Hall, and school being out due to the time of day helped. But another section of Madison County lost 7 lives that night.

    When we got back to campus we went to the dorm but the weather continued to look scary. After getting a few beers in us we decided to go out on campus where hoards of other students were running everywhere, mainly because there was no electric, just darkness. But after a while i noticed that when it would lightening I could actually see funnel clouds in the sky, and that did it for me. We went back to the dorm for safety.

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    In the Bullitt county area the sky was the strangest pale green color that I've ever seen. We saw several funnel clouds that day. Got the news that Whitney Stables in Nelson county had been destroyed. We drove down and the damage was horrific. Many horses were dead or injured. Never forget that day.

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    A few years ago, Mammy's Kitchen in Bardstown moved from its very small location on Main Street (now North Third St.) around the corner to Stephen Foster Ave. into the Old Stable building, which dates back to I believe 1789 and was the original stable building in Bardstown.

    The bar top in the building is made out of sectional pieces of an old tree. I've been told by several people (but haven't been able to totally verify it) that the bar top — which has a distinct Detroit Lean to it — came from a tree toppled during the '74 tornadoes.

    At this point I don't care if it's true or not, because it's a great conversation piece for customers and helps increase my tips. I know how to tell a good story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    I have heard a story that that the tornado that day that hit Hanover and Madison, Indiana was "pushed" slightly north by a massive steam release when the generating plant there was destroyed...ultimately alterring the path into the western part of Hamilton County, instead of the projected trajectory into downtown Cincinnati. I've always wondered if that was true.
    I talked to some friends from the Madison area today and asked them about what you heard. They said that the generating plant was not destroyed. It went off line due to some damage to the switch yard, but there was no release of steam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by True blue (and gold) View Post
    I talked to some friends from the Madison area today and asked them about what you heard. They said that the generating plant was not destroyed. It went off line due to some damage to the switch yard, but there was no release of steam.
    Marble Hill

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Schue View Post
    Marble Hill
    This wasn't Marble Hill. That was planned nuclear plant that never got finished. It was located in New Washington, IN. The power plant between Madison and Hanover is called Clifty Creek.

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    I recall standing in the back (no seatbelts obviously) looking out the back class of a Pontiac Lemans as we fled Dayton (where we lived at the time) headed to Pittsburgh. Never forget it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by True blue (and gold) View Post
    I talked to some friends from the Madison area today and asked them about what you heard. They said that the generating plant was not destroyed. It went off line due to some damage to the switch yard, but there was no release of steam.
    Well, after 20 some odd years, I guess I finally now know! Thanks!

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