"Death Out Of Darkness" is a public safety documentary about the deadly tornadoes of the 11-April-1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, which affected portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The film primarily focuses on the devastation across Northern and Central Indiana. Produced in 1966 by the Indiana State Police and WISH-TV in Indianapolis, narrated by Lt. Dave Levendoski. Video from visualarchivist on YouTube. There were 47 tornadoes in less than 12 hours. This was the 3rd deadliest tornado swarm in U.S. history. See Also: Ted Fujita


Below are personal recounts of the event. They have been submitted to us by our readers. If you would like to submit your story or photos please click the link in the upper right side of this blog.

50 Years Later: Palm Sunday Tornadoes

This is a great edition of The Goshen News with a special tribute section about the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak. It's filled with photos, videos, recounts and memories.


Residents of Russiaville share their memories in a video HERE

WBST has a wonderful 30 minute tribute. They also have a photo gallery of the outbreak. HERE

50th Anniversary of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak

To honor the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak US National Weather Service Northern Indiana will be live tweeting the events of that day as they happened. They will begin around 1 PM EDT and conclude around 11 PM EDT. Follow along @NWSIWX and the hashtag ‪#‎PalmSunday50‬

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I Was Born by Flashlight at Huntington Hospital

Submitted by Dwayne C.

I was born April 11th 1965 Huntington,Ind. I was told that part of the hospital was damaged and that the hospital lost power. Was also told that the doctor delivered me by a flashlight.

Photo is not of this incident. Source is HERE

The Barn Was Gone

Submitted by Rick Wilson

I was 10 when the tornadoes went through, I lived in Coldwater Mich.. More specificly we lived about a mile from Coldwater lake. After the 1st twister went through, my grandad wanted to check on his cottages on the lake. When we tried one route it was blocked, so we turned around to try another road. It was a gravel road, there was a line of cars stuck behind a greyhound bus. So we turned around in a driveway, as we turned around I remember seeing a large red barn. The next day when we tried again to go to the lake, we went by the spot where the barn was, and it was gone! Hardly any evidence that a barn was ever there. I can still remember seeing an aluminum boat wrapped around the top of a tree, and a brick wall laid down almost in a solid piece on the ground next to the house it came off of. Also remember seeing 2 story houses with a wall ripped off the side, making it look like a full size dollhouse.

Photo is not original to this incident. It was created by Adaera and is titled Big Red Barn. You can view more of her work HERE

We Were Building a House

Submitted by Dave Hach

I wasn't yet 2 yrs old when my parents and I were tossed out of our trailer by one of those pairs. I always thought this picture was of the pair over Dunlap, my parents told me about watching it go by after crawling out of their wreckage at Midway. We were in the middle of the park and only got rolled over, some friends lost their trailer on the back row while they were out of town. We were building a house just south of town and my dad was kicking himself for not moving the trailer out there. It was many years before I could enjoy green skies and the EBS signal. Your story makes this picture much more personal. I remember the Arab sign but I thought it was closer to Green Rd. My folks have a notebook full of photos from a newspaper photog but I don't remember who it is/was.

Photo: Tornado Damage to Midway Trailer Court near Goshen, Indiana
Source: Fujita, et al, Monthly Weather Review, 1970