The Tornado Super-Outbreak

Once of the most significant tornado outbreaks of all-time ravaged the Midwest and portions of the South 34 years ago today on April 3, 1974. The severe weather erupted early in the afternoon and continued through the next day. Between 140 and 150 confirmed tornadoes developed over a 12-hour period from Alabama to Michigan from the afternoon of April 3 to the early morning of April 4. The tornadoes killed 315 persons, injured 5300 others, and caused 600 million dollars damage. One tornado destroyed half of the town of Xenia, Ohio killing 34 persons while another tornado, near the town of Stamping Ground, Kentucky, produced a path of destruction a record five miles in width. Two unusually strong tornadoes ripped across northern Alabama during the early evening hours on April 3, killing fifty persons and injuring 500 others.

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