Our community will never forget April 9, 1999.  On that date, an F-3 to F-4 tornado touched down in the Lakewater area of Montgomery in the pre-dawn hours, around 5:17 a.m.  Four lives were lost and many homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged.

To remember that devastating day, the City of Montgomery, in partnership with Sycamore Community Schools, Symmes Township, and Sycamore Township, will host a remembrance ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, at 9:00 a.m. at the Tornado Memorial at Sycamore High School.

The City of Montgomery also captured the recollections of City employees, residents, and former WCPO meteorologist Pete Delkus. Their stories served as the foundation for a new podcast which will tell the story of the 1999 Tornado. Go to Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you download your favorite audio series and search for “Weathering the Storm.”  The first episode will debut on Tuesday, April 9, and will update weekly.

For those who are unfamiliar with podcasts, you may also go to storm.montgomeryohio.org and listen to the episodes.  The page will also be updated with additional information for each episode.