Worst Tornado Outbreak in U.S. History

Thirty three years ago the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history exploded across 13 states and Ontario Canada. In terms of the number of tornadoes, combined path length and damage, the April 3-4, 1974 outbreak was the worst on record. The 148 tornadoes touched down and traveled across some 2,500 miles killing 330 people and injuring 5,477 others. One particularly hard hit town was Xenia, Ohio where the tornado pictured here struck on April 3, 1974 destroying more than 1000 homes, killing 30 people and injuring 1,100. The widespread outbreak saw tornadoes touch down from near the gulf coast, north to Canada and from Virginia, west to Illinois with 48 of them producing fatalities. There were 7 tornadoes rated F5, the top of the Fujita Damage Scale, and 23 more were rated F4. According to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, this was one of only two outbreaks with over 100 confirmed tornadoes, the other being with Hurricane Beulah in 1967 (115 tornadoes). The Public Affairs Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a website with more information on this historic outbreak: April 3-4, 1974 Tornado Outbreak

Tom Tasselmyer


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