Tornado Outbreak Latest Information

What an amazing job by these meteorologists! Here is video from last night’s live coverage of a massive tornado as it ripped through Tuscaloosa courtesy of WCFT/WJSU. (click here if you have video playback problems)

 

11:45am –

CNN and AP reporting 231 tornado related deaths in the past 24 hours. This is almost 3 times what the entire U.S. sees in a year on average. Alabama has seen 149 deaths in the past day. An average year brings only 6 deaths to that state.

 

9:15am –

CNN now reports 194 people have died in 5 states.

 

8:00am –


Photos are continuing to surface. These are courtesy of Laurie Sullivan on our 13 Weather Authority Facebook page. She relayed them from a friend in Alabama. The exact location of these chilling photos is still unknown. (click to enlarge)

 

 

As of this morning, here is the latest information…

-181 tornado related fatalities in the past 24 hours. (average of nearly 80 in the entire U.S. in one calendar year!)

-Alabama has had 66 tornadoes (average of 23 in any given year with an average of 6 tornado deaths in the state each year)

-374,000 customers in Alabama alone are still without power this morning

Compare this with the nation’s largest outbreak ever, the Super Outbreak of 1974…

– 148 tornadoes in a 24 hour period from April 3rd to April 4th, 1974

– 315 to 330 killed

– Nearly 5,500 injured

– During this massive outbreak, there were 171 tornadoes from April 1st to April 4th

 

Undoubtedly the death toll will continue to rise in these locations as we discover the full scope of the damage today and in the coming weeks and months. More information will follow as it becomes available.

-Aaron

 

 

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This post was written by qni_it on April 28, 2011

4 Comments so far

  1. Justin April 28, 2011 1:08 PM

    I cant believe the number of high population areas affected by the outbreak. Were used to seeing these outbreaks in the plains in rural areas.. hopefully we dont see this again.

  2. tony April 28, 2011 3:22 PM

    Amen justin. That is what makes this outbreak so much more devastating since it hit such highly populated areas. Last death toll I saw was sadly 280.

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