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50th anniv. of the “OH Fireworks Derecho”.

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A whopper of a derecho hit NE OH on July 4th, 1969. An interesting part of this storm was that in addition to the 100+mph winds, there were incredible rains, up to 14” in 15 hours.  And sadly, 41 deaths due to the wind and flooding.

Just a few of the many links available on the storm.







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Wow read the accounts, what a storm and no warnings were ever relayed to the public

Around 7:30 pm (local time here on), local forecasters from the National Weather Service (NWS) received their first alert that storms were approaching the area from the northwest. 

At 7:45 pm, the NWS informed the emergency broadcast system that an upgrade to a tornado warning was expected.

This warning, however, was never issued. At Edgewater Beach, just west of downtown Cleveland where Independence Day festivities were in full swing, warnings were never relayed to the local public.

According to a local account by Shirley Amster, a severe storm warning was issued and relayed by the Cleveland radio stations around 7:50 pm local time just before the derecho impacted the Lake Erie coastline but was not relayed over the marine channels.

At the Edgewater Yacht Club around 20,000 people had gathered to watch the fireworks.

While police at the park had received the weather alert, it was not broadcasted over the P.A. because “they didn’t want the audience to panic.”

Around 8 pm, right as holiday festivities were beginning in earnest all along the lakefront. Widespread winds wracked the entirety of the lakeshore, with a boater near Toledo recording a gust of 104 mph, and gusts of 100 mph reported in Cleveland. The derecho continued its southeastern track reaching the Akron area between 9 pm and 10 pm and eventually into the Pittsburgh area between 10 pm and 11 pm. After 11 pm the derecho began to dissipate and the strongest winds along the leading edge ceased. However, the danger was far from over as a stationary frontal boundary persisted. As a result of the wind damages, thousands of trees were uprooted and thrown, buildings and homes were damaged and destroyed, and boats were flipped and capsized, drowning 4 people in the process while also causing 100 others to need rescuing by the Coast Guard. People waiting outside for fireworks were offered a much different show than anticipated as rain, wind, and lightning ripped apart outdoor venues and caused mass power outages. One of the hardest hit areas was Toledo where the winds knocked down 5,000 trees and damaged several homes, leaving 75,000 homes without electricity. 


Who are the idiots that make these decisions? "Don't panic the crowd just let them die". Sad thing is these morons are still around today making the same idiotic decisions, Will we ever learn?

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