"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


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Cottages Destroyed on Lake Pleasant

Submitted by Martha J Banks
Lake Pleasant, Indiana  Photo: Fujita, Monthly Weather Review
I was in high school in Fort Wayne then. We weren't hit, but electricity was out for a few days, as I recall. And most of the cottages on the east side of Lake Pleasant [between Fremont & Orland] were destroyed. Fortunately for us, our cottage was on the north side, right on the state line.

There was a tiny lake near Lake Pleasant, maybe called Giliad Lake, where some cows went missing & were presumed in the lake, so the lake was dredged. At Lake Pleasant, there was one old cottage still standing while the ones of either side were gone by the time I saw the area, about a month later. Unless that cottage has been torn down in the last 25 years, you can see it still, with newer ones on each side.

And a Facebook friend, a classmate from K-12, posted yesterday she was a fairly-new driver then & driving her parents back to Fort Wayne from Dayton OH. The dark clouds were to her north for many miles & she kept praying they would stay there, which they did.

1 comment :

  1. My grandmothers cottage is on Ln 201, they had just finished building the cottage when that tornado hit, after debating on whether or not to rebuild they finally decided to rebuild and we have been enjoying the cottage for over 40 years now.