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Photographer of 1965 Palm Sunday twin tornadoes recalls deadly day

On this day 49 years ago, Indiana experienced the deadliest tornado outbreak in its history. Paul Huffman told us the story of capturing an iconic image of twin tornadoes that tragic day.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:49 a.m.

Paul Huffman and his wife Betty Huffman were driving down U.S. 33 on the night of April 11, 1965, when a tornado began forming before their eyes.

"I was so scared, I'd never been so frightened in my life," Betty Huffman said.

Her husband, Paul Huffman, a journalist with The Elkhart Truth, pulled the car over to the side of the road.

They saw the tornado coming their way.

As Paul Huffman snapped photos he knew there was nothing they could do but wait. "If it keeps on coming we'll jump over in that railroad culvert and we'll be okay," Paul Huffman recalled telling his wife.

The memories and photographs from the hours that followed would record part of the deadliest tornado outbreak in Indiana history.

 




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