Remembering 10 year anniversary of Blue Ash Montgomery tornado

BLUE ASH, OH (FOX19) - Ten years ago today, the Tri-State was rocked by a killer tornado.

The twister touched down at 5:10 a.m. as a F-4 tornado, packing winds of upwards of 207 miles per hour. It first touched down just west of Interstate 71 near Sycamore High School before cutting through northeastern Hamilton and western Warren counties in a matter of five minutes.

The storm killed 4 people, including a truck driver on Interstate 71, and caused extensive damage.

FOX19 anchor Dan Carroll had a birds eye view of the damage. He had just taken to the sky for his morning news traffic updates when the story of the day quickly changed.

"As the sun came up, we could see the extent of the damage, just how ruined and destroyed some of the homes were," said Carroll. "Then there were the other homes that seemed they hadn't been touched at all. You could see the people on the ground and the way they were reacting, and that was one of the days you could look at the body language of the people who were affected by this storm and you could just tell by the way they were reaction, even from that distance in the air, that they just kind of threw their hands up and realized how helpless they were."

Tornados are dangerous no matter what time of day, but especially during the overnight periods.

A ceremony is at 9 a.m. at Sycamore High School. A moment of silence will be held for the four people who died.

What do you remember about the 1999 tornado? E-mail us your answers or use the comments section below.