Community remembers 1974 tornado super outbreak

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Weather experts in Frankfort are remembering one of the worst tornado outbreaks in history at the historic Grand Theater.

On a day when severe weather is possible in the Bluegrass, it's also the anniversary of the 1974 super tornado outbreak. Forty years ago on April 3rd, 148 confirmed tornadoes dropped down over a two day period.

Some of the hardest hit areas were right here in Kentucky. The town of Brandenburg was nearly wiped out and more than 300 people were killed.

On the anniversary, people are invited to come to the Grand Theater for a screening of the documentary "Day of the Killer Tornadoes."

Emergency management officials say remembering this historic weather event is an important reminder for the future.

"We're not necessarily in the middle of tornado alley, but we're not immune either," says Deron Rambo, Franklin County 911 Director. "I mean, look at West Liberty a few years ago, or a couple years ago. That could be downtown Frankfort next week."

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:00 p.m. The event is free to the public.


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