Public invited to share 1974 tornado stories

HAMILTON — Tornado Talk, a website dedicated to tornado history, in partnership with the Journal Record, is offering a chance for the public to share their knowledge and stories concerning the 1974 Super Outbreak of tornadoes, for the approaching 50th anniversary. On Thursday, Aug. 10, representatives from Tornado Talk will be at the Journal Record office in Hamilton, at approximately 1:30 p.m., for research purposes and to record the stories from the public of the tragic events of that day.
Tornado Talk Owner Jennifer Narramore said the organization writes a tornado’s history from the beginning to the end while documenting the damage and stories of the people involved. For the Super Outbreak in 1974, which decimated the town of Guin in Marion County, this will prove to be a huge undertaking.
“We are working on a multi-year writing project documenting the stories of the April 3-4, 1974 Super Outbreak,” Narramore said. “We would love to hear from those who went through it and to get their stories and if they would like to share photos or video.”
Narramore explained most of the work on these projects is written and added to the website, where there are free and premium summaries.
While representatives from Tornado Talk conduct any interviews, the JR plans to be involved to gather material for a 50th anniversary special section next year. We would like to get the public’s stories to include in the section.
Those with stories and/or pictures are encouraged to stop by the office on Aug. 10.
Visit for more information or call our office at 205-921-3104. We are located on State Highway 17 in Hamilton, next to the Marion County Co-Op.

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