"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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Just Another Weekend by Jim Stewart

The only tornado on April 11 to touch down in a large city hit Toledo at about 9:30 PM. It cut a six-mile long path across the northern edge of Toledo. -Ohio Historical Society
Ohio Tornadoes and their paths April 11-12, 1965
Tornadoes continued from Indiana into Ohio where additional fatalities occurred across the state border. A double tornado was sighted near Toledo, Ohio. The same weather system devastated northern parts of the city with F4 tornado damage. Five people were killed when a tornado flipped over a bus on the Detroit-Toledo Expressway (today's Interstate 75). Other violent tornadoes occurred near the Indiana/Ohio border.

At around 11 P.M., a tornado touched down in Lorain County, Ohio and struck Pittsfield, Ohio, killing seven and destroying most structures. The same tornado caused severe damage to homes in Grafton. When the storm reached Cleveland, Ohio, it diverged into two paths about a 1⁄2 miles (800 m) apart." Several witnesses also saw two funnels merging into one similar to the Dunlap tornado.[2] Large trees laying 50 feet (15 m) apart were felled lying in different directions. The storm also displayed F4 damage near Strongsville where homes simply disappeared. This tornado killed 18 people and was also previously rated as an F5 before being lowered to an F4 by NWS officials.

The last tornado occurred at 12:30 A.M. on April 12. It moved along a 30 miles (48 km) path south of Columbus, Ohio, causing F2 damage.

Photos courtesy of Toledo Lucas County Public Library