Deadliest Ohio Tornado In History

Deadliest Ohio Tornado In History

On this date, June 28th, 1924 the deadliest tornado in Ohio history struck Lorain and Sandusky.  This tornado is now estimated at $1 Billion in damages in today's dollars.

While the Fujita scale was not established at this time, it is estimated this tornado was at F4 intensity.

Sandusky:
  • Developed over Sandusky Bay
  • Touched Down at 4:35 PM
  • Damaged or destroyed 9 city blocks on the north side of town and lakeshore
  • Destroyed over 100 homes and 20 businesses
  • Sandusky Yacht Club building swept into the bay
  • At least 8 deaths
Lorain: 
  • Touched Down at 5:08 PM
  • Tore a 3 mile path directly through downtown Lorain
  • Over 4,000 feet wide at one point
  • Over 1,000 homes damaged and 500 destroyed
  • All downtown business damaged, 200 destroyed
  • State Theater collapsed, killing 15 during Saturday afternoon matinee musical
  • At least 72 total deaths

*Source: Thunder in the Heartland