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Deadly tornado struck Willard 40 years ago today

Norwalk Reflector Staff • May 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

It’s been 40 years since a tornado carved a path of destruction in the City of Blossoms.

On May 10, 1973, a tornado which consisted of at least two and possibly three funnels, made its way eerily down U.S. 224, killing four people and injuring dozens of others in the process.

Three mobile home parks that contained a total of 190 trailers had about 160 of those destroyed. Three-hundred people were left homeless.

The twister also destroyed two car dealerships and the Triangle Motel and damaged the Hi-Ho Restaurant where the Moose Lodge stands today.

In Friday's Norwalk Reflector, you can read several stories and see photos of the devastation. If you were in Willard in 1973 when the tornado struck, please share your memories in the comments section below.

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