Ohio’s Deadliest Tornado To Be Featured At Lorain Palace

6/5/2014 -- June 28, 1924, dawned hot and sunny, with fluffy white clouds hovering over a blue and inviting Lake Erie.  For two Ohio communities, Lorain and Sandusky, the day ended in unimaginable disaster. 

An F4 tornado, unexpected and not understood, was born from a thunderstorm on the now turbulent waters of Lake Erie.  Before the massive funnel lifted, it would destroy a city, create death records still unbroken and change the lives of thousands of people.*



Remember this tragic event on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. 


This Lorain Tornado history program will be held at the Lorain Palace Theatre located at 617 Broadway Ave., Lorain.



Preregistration is required and is available online at LorainPublicLibrary.org in the events calendar, or by calling Lorain Public Library System’s Main Library at 440-244-1192, ext. 450 or 1-800-322-READ, ext. 450.


This free informational program is cosponsored by the Lorain Public Library, the Lorain Historical Society and the Lorain Palace Theatre.


On this 90th anniversary, follow the path of that deadly tornado through different presentations.


Local meteorologist Jon Loufman will formally kick things off with a visual presentation on this fateful event.

Loufman is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster.  He says talking about the famous 1924 tornado is one of his favorite topics.  During his portion of the program, he’ll entertain questions from the audience.


After Loufman’s presentation, the documentary One Saturday Afternoon will be shown.


A slide show of pictures will run before and after the program.  The presentation includes dozens of photographs taken by amateur and professional photographers in the days following the storm.


Ohio native Betsy D’Annibale will also be in attendance signing her new book, The 1924 Tornado in Lorain & Sandusky: Deadliest in Ohio History.  Copies will be available for purchase.


Learn more about this important event in Lorain's history, and meet and speak with representatives from the Lorain Historical Society.


*Excerpt courtesy of The History Press on behalf of Betsy D’Annibale



Deadly Path**

On June 28, 1924, the tornado first struck northern Sandusky damaging nine blocks, including the waterfront, taking eight lives, and destroying 100 homes and 25 businesses.


The tornado continued over Lake Erie before coming ashore at Lakeview Park in Lorain.  Seventy-two more people were killed in Lorain.  The tornado tore a path of destruction along Broadway Avenue for 35 blocks, damaging buildings and burying cars in bricks and other debris.


In Lorain, more than 1,000 homes were damaged, 500 more completely destroyed.  Every business in downtown Lorain sustained some damage.


Though it was not the largest or strongest tornado to occur in Ohio, it struck in the heart of a city, putting thousands of people at risk.


The death toll of 15 in the old State Theater is the highest number of people ever killed by a tornado in one building in Ohio.


**Facts from the Ohio Historical Society.