Remembering the "Super Outbreak"

In 1974, the tornado outbreak known simply as the "Super
Outbreak" hit the Deep South and Ohio Valley. Strong thunderstorms
produced 148 tornadoes from Alabama to Michigan. 315 people were
killed and 5300 were injured. Over $600 million dollars in damage
occurred. Two tornadoes ripped through northern Alabama during the
evening hours. 50 people were killed and 500 were injured. Rescue
vehicles responding to the first tornado were struck by the second.
In 1987, a trace of snow fell in Mobile, AL; 1" occurred at
Jackson, MS; and 2 inches fell in Meridian, MS. This was the latest
snowfall on record for these locations. Birmingham, AL received 7"
of snow.
In 1988, a tornadic thunderstorm moving through Ann Arbor, MI
produced a wind gust of 114 mph. 5 tornadoes were spawned that
Easter Sunday in Michigan and Indiana.


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