2011 tornado information

Updated: May 26, 2011, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Preliminary tornado statistics including records set in 2011

May 2011

2011 Year-to-Date (and record annual) Statistics

April 2011

 

 

 

Deadliest Single Tornadoes

Note: Some of these events that occurred prior to the era of comprehensive damage surveys may have been composed of multiple tornadoes along a damage path. Death counts for events in the 1800s and early 1900s should be treated as estimates, since recordkeeping of tornado deaths was erratic at that time.

(Source: Grazulis for pre-1950, NOAA/NWS data for post-1950)

Tornado Fatalities Date
Tri-State (Missouri/Illinios
/Indiana)
695 March 18, 1925
Natchez, Mississippi 317 May 6, 1840
St. Louis, Missouri 255 May 27, 1896
Tupelo, Mississippi 216 April 5, 1936
Gainesville, Georgia 203 April 6, 1936
Woodward, Oklahoma 181 April 9, 1947
Amite LA, Purvis, Mississippi 143 April 24, 1908
Joplin, Missouri 132 (est.) May 22, 2011
New Richmond, Wisconsin 117 June 12, 1899
Flint, Michigan 116 June 8, 1953
Waco, Texas 114 May 11, 1953
Goliad, Texas 114 May 18, 1902
Omaha, Nebraska 103 March 23, 1913
Mattoon, Illinois 101 May 26, 1917
Shinnston, West Virginia 100 June 23, 1944
Marshfield, Missouri 99 April 18, 1880
Gainesville, Georgia 98 June 1, 1903
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 98 May 9, 1927
Snyder, Oklahoma 97 May 10, 1905
Natchez, Mississippi 91 April 24, 1908
Worcester, Massachusetts 90 June 9, 1953
Starkville MS, Waco, Alabama 88 April 20, 1920
Lorain/Sandusky, Ohio 85 June 28, 1924
Udall, Kansas 80 May 25, 1955
St. Louis, Missouri 79 Sep 29, 1927
Hackleburg, Alabama 78 April 27, 2011
Tuscaloosa-Birmingham, Alabama 61 April 27, 2011
"Candlestick Park," Mississippi & Alabama 58 March 3, 1966
Cary, Mississippi 58 February 21, 1971
Judsonia, Arkansas 50 February 21, 1952

Single Day Tornado Fatalities

Single Day Outbreak Number of Fatalities Records:  Source: Grazulis for pre-1950, NOAA/NWS data for post-1950

Date Eyewitness Reports
March 18, 1925 747
March 21, 1932 332
May 17, 1840 317
April 27, 2011 314 (NOAA data)
April 3, 1974 310 (NOAA data - US only)
May 27, 1896 305
April 11, 1965 260 (NOAA data)
April 5, 1936 249