"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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DateTornadoesFatalitiesHighest FatalitiesInjuriesHighest InjuriesLongest PathWidest Path
1965-04-1145260 people36 people3441 people835 people91 miles1760 feet

This table was created at Tornado History Project

Showing 45 Tornadoes occuring on April 11th, 1965



130
1965-04-11
Oklahoma
2
0
0
Muskogee
131
1965-04-11
Iowa
4
1
3
Cedar, Clinton, Jackson
132
1965-04-11
Iowa
1
0
0
Chickasaw, Fayette, Allamakee
133
1965-04-11
Wisconsin
1
0
40
Green, Rock, Dane
134
1965-04-11
Wisconsin
2
3
28
Jefferson
135
1965-04-11
Wisconsin
1
0
0
Crawford
136
1965-04-11
Illinois
4
6
75
McHenry, Lake
137
1965-04-11
Illinois
2
0
0
Lake
138
1965-04-11
Wisconsin
1
0
0
Walworth
139
1965-04-11
Wisconsin
1
0
0
Walworth
140
1965-04-11
Illinois
1
0
0
Kane
141
1965-04-11
Illinois
1
0
0
Lake
142
1965-04-11
Wisconsin
1
0
0
Monroe
143
1965-04-11
Indiana
3
10
82
Starke, Marshall, St. Joseph, Elkhart
144
1965-04-11
Michigan
4
5
142
Ottawa, Kent
145
1965-04-11
Indiana
3
0
0
Porter, LaPorte
146
1965-04-11
Indiana
4
31
252
Elkhart
147
1965-04-11
Indiana
4
5
41
Elkhart, LaGrange
148
1965-04-11
Indiana, Michigan
(overall summary)
4
23
294
Steuben, Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe
148
1965-04-11
Indiana
4
0
0
Steuben
148
1965-04-11
Michigan
4
23
294
Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe
149
1965-04-11
Michigan
1
1
9
Allegan, Barry
150
1965-04-11
Indiana
4
0
44
Tippecanoe, Clinton
151
1965-04-11
Indiana
4
36
321
St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange
152
1965-04-11
Indiana
4
25
835
Clinton, Howard, Grant
153
1965-04-11
Michigan
3
0
17
Kalamazoo







154
1965-04-11
Michigan
3
0
5
Barry
155
1965-04-11
Michigan
4
21
293
Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe
156
1965-04-11
Indiana
4
28
123
Montgomery, Boone, Hamilton
157
1965-04-11
Indiana, Ohio
(overall summary)
4
4
125
Blackford, Wells, Adams, Mercer, Van Wert
157
1965-04-11
Indiana
4
2
97
Blackford, Wells, Adams
157
1965-04-11
Ohio
4
2
28
Mercer, Van Wert
158
1965-04-11
Michigan
4
1
8
Clinton, Shiawassee
159
1965-04-11
Michigan
2
0
1
Montcalm, Gratiot
160
1965-04-11
Michigan
2
0
0
Gratiot
161
1965-04-11
Michigan
2
0
0
Gratiot
162
1965-04-11
Michigan
2
0
0
Gratiot
163
1965-04-11
Michigan
2
0
2
Bay
164
1965-04-11
Michigan
2
0
0
Tuscola
165
1965-04-11
Ohio, Michigan
(overall summary)
4
18
236
Monroe, Lucas
165
1965-04-11
Ohio
4
16
207
Lucas
165
1965-04-11
Michigan
4
2
29
Monroe
166
1965-04-11
Ohio
4
13
104
Allen, Hancock
167
1965-04-11
Ohio
4
3
50
Shelby
168
1965-04-11
Ohio
3
4
30
Seneca
169
1965-04-11
Ohio
4
18
200
Lorain, Cuyahoga
170
1965-04-11
Ohio
1
0
0
Preble
171
1965-04-11
Ohio
1
0
6
Medina
172
1965-04-11
Ohio
2
4
62
Union, Delaware, Morrow
173
1965-04-11
Ohio
1
0
0
Greene
174
1965-04-11
Ohio
1
0
13
Pickaway, Fairfield, Perry