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Historic Tornado Outbreak

By: Kari Hall Email
By: Kari Hall Email

April may turn out to be one of the most destructive months ever. Wednesday's tornadoes put the US on track to break several records.

April 2011 will go down in the record books as one of the most destructive, and could possibly be the most deadly since the infamous Super Outbreak of April 3, 1974. Preliminary numbers indicate 617 reported tornadoes since April 1st. But that number has not yet been confirmed. That could smash the old record of 543 set in May 2003. To put this in perspective there's usually about 163 across the United States during the month. And to think we haven't even reached the peak of tornado season.

On average, Kentucky usually sees about 10 tornadoes per year. You can see how that compares with surrounding states. Since the year began, we've had 42 reports of tornadoes, according to the Storm Prediction Center. That's more than four times the average number for an entire year.

Across the south, storm damage is still being surveyed and data being analyzed. But this month has truly been surreal. The tornado tally continued to rise Thursday as storms slammed the Atlantic Coast.


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