Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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Today In The Upper Cumberland: 1974 Tornado

Revisit one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history from April 3, 1974.

It’s been two months since an EF4 tornado ripped across Putnam County. County leaders called it the worst natural disaster the county had suffered. Prior to this winter, that dubious honor belonged to the tornadoes of April 3, 1974. An EF4 tornado rolled across Putnam, Overton, and White Counties. It was part of one of the worst tornado outbreaks to ever effect the United States. Dubbed “The Super Outbreak,” at least 148 tornadoes struck 13 states, all the way from the Gulf Coast, to the Great Lakes. 330 died April 3rd and 4th, 1974. Marty Smith was serving Putnam County in emergency management as that storm rolled through in 1974.

Today In The Upper Cumberland airs each weekend as a way to introduce you to interesting people and subjects of interest to our community. Catch the show each Saturday morning at 6 on Rock 93-7, 106-9 Kicks Country, and at 8 on Lite Rock 95.9.

If you miss it Saturday, you can catch Today In The Upper Cumberland again, Sunday. The show airs Sunday morning at 7am on Rock 93-7 and News Talk 94.1/AM 1600, Sundays at Noon on News Talk 94.1/AM 1600, and Sunday night at 6pm on Lite Rock 95.9 and at 7pm on 106-9 Kicks Country.

 

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