More Tornado Data
Before and After Images
Tuscaloosa News has put together an incredible set of images showing what a few areas that were destroyed by a tornado looked like before and after the most recent storms in the South. Use the bar to drag it across the image to see the change:
As the National Weather Service has now had a little time to investigate the wreckage from these storms, we are starting to get in some reports of the confirmed tornadoes. These have been the 2 strongest storms:
1. EF5 in Smithville, MS
Peak wind gust at 205 mph.
Strongest tornado in Mississippi since 1966.
Path of destruction was 3 miles long and a half mile wide.
2. EF4 in Catoosa County, GA
Peak wind gust at 175 mph.
Path of destruction was 13 miles.
7 killed and 30 injured.
So far there are 5 other EF4 confirmed tornadoes.
There are totals so far:
Could this be a record breaking year?
The most tornadoes that have been recorded in a single year since 1950 was1817. This was in 2004. This map show the locations of these storms:
So far this year there have been 835 confirmed tornadoes. With some of the peak tornado months still ahead, we may surpass this number. We’ll keep you posted as the latest numbers come in.