Windsor will never forget the deadly tornado that destroyed the Curling Club

Randi Mann
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Windsor will never forget the deadly tornado that destroyed the Curling Club
Windsor will never forget the deadly tornado that destroyed the Curling Club

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Between Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4, 1974, there were 148 confirmed tornadoes across North America. Dubbed, 1974 Super Outbreak, the event included tornadoes that touched down in 13 U.S. states and one Canadian province.

Tomorrow, we'll be covering the F5 tornado in Xenia, Ohio, but today, we're going to discuss the sixth deadliest Canadian tornado.

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On April 3, at 8:09 p.m., an F3 tornado ripped through the Windsor Curling Club in Windsor, Ont.

That night, a local team was playing one of the season's last tournaments, so the arena was packed. There were six sheets of ice and they were all full. The team captains were all at one end of the building, and that's where the tornado hit.

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The tornado lifted the roof off of the west end of the building. It destroyed a wall constructed of large commercial-sized cinder blocks. Nine people were killed, most of them were the teams' captains. Another 30 people were injured as the twister tracked along its 22-km track.

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The tornado caused around $1.8 million worth of damage.

Louise Gulak was one of the survivors, but the tornado killed her husband. Gulak visited the curling club the next day and saw the extreme wreckage. Only the curling brooms were left hanging on one of the walls.

The Windsor tornado will always be a significant event in the city's history.

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Thumbnail: A tornado near Bridgetown, Ohio, just west of Cincinnati, on April 3, 1974. Courtesy of Frank Altenau/Wikipedia