CLEVELAND - It is known as the Ohio Fireworks Derecho of 1969. A line of storms so massive and strong they lasted for hours and traveled across several states. The worst of these storms impacted every city and county in Northern Ohio from Toledo to Conneaut south to Wooster, Canton and Youngstown.
In all, 41 people died in Ohio during the storms, 25 due to drowning. Nearly 500 other people were injured. More than 10,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Damage in today's dollars would be well over $1 billion.
Many Northern Ohioans have vivid memories of that night and have shared them via social media. Here are their stories:
Christine McCafferty Tretinik : "Mark, I remember being on my uncles boat. The Arcara
out on the lake and the sky was becoming that pea soup green so we headed in with the boat. We docked and got in the car and the rains started. We made it home but received a call that my uncles boat had sunk at Edgewater Yacht Club. Many people did not make it in off the lake. There were hundreds of boaters trying to come in at the same time. We were lucky and smart enough to get a move on the moment the sky changed. It was a very ominous green sky."