It was 39 years ago this week that nature’s violent side was unleashed in our area in a way that we have never seen before and never seen since. The Super Outbreak of 1974 is the worst recorded tornado outbreak on record. The outbreak brought a combined 13 tornadoes to our area including Paulding County, Hillsdale, and Monroe counties. In all, 148 tornadoes were confirmed over 13 states. The twisters injured nearly 5,500 people and killed 315. If each tornado damage path were put end to end, the damage path would end up being 2,598 miles long. The number of tornadoes were high in the outbreak, but the number of devastating tornadoes also set records.