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kajivar ([personal profile] kajivar) wrote in [community profile] disasterporn2009-05-10 09:38 pm
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This Day in History: The May 2003 Tornado Outbreak Sequence

The May 2003 Tornado Outbreak Sequence in the United States was a series of tornado outbreaks that occurred from May 3 to May 11, 2003. Tornadoes began occurring over the affected area on April 30, but the most prolific continuous period was the seven day period of May 4-10. There were 401 tornado reports in 19 states and 1 Canadian province, 1,587 reports of large hail, and 740 reports of wind damage. More severe weather broke out this week alone than any other week in U.S. history. The old record for most tornado reports in one week was 171 during the week of the May 1995 Tornado Outbreak Sequence. The Super Outbreak of April 3 to April 4, 1974, still holds the record for the most tornadoes produced in a 24 hour period, and produced more significant and violent tornadoes than any other week in history.

Overall, the outbreak was responsible for at least 42 deaths across 5 states with the majority of them during the busiest day on May 4, 2003, in which 39 were killed in Tennessee, Missouri and Kansas. There were also hundreds of injuries and extensive damage was reported across several areas. There were 212 confirmed F0 tornadoes, 123 F1, 38 F2, 20 F3, and 6 F4.

States affected:
Alabama -- 20 tornadoes
Arkansas -- 15 tornadoes
Colorado -- 8 tornadoes
Georgia -- 9 tornadoes
Illinois -- 46 tornadoes
Indiana -- 5 tornadoes
Iowa -- 10 tornadoes
Kansas -- 40 tornadoes
Kentucky -- 26 tornadoes
Louisiana -- 1 tornado
Maryland -- 2 tornadoes
Michigan -- 1 tornado
Mississippi -- 10 tornadoes
Missouri -- 79 tornadoes
Nebraska -- 12 tornadoes
New York -- 2 tornadoes
North Carolina -- 10 tornadoes
North Dakota -- 1 tornado
Oklahoma -- 33 tornadoes
Ontario -- 1 tornado
Pennsylvania -- 1 tornado
South Carolina -- 8 tornadoes
South Dakota -- 2 tornadoes
Tennessee -- 39 tornadoes
Texas -- 11 tornadoes
Virginia -- 7 tornadoes
Wisconsin -- 2 tornadoes

Source: Wikipedia

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