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By the Numbers: 2011 tornado season

A tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

A tornado moves through Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

May 26, 2011, 8:31 a.m. Updated May 26, 2011, 3:40 p.m.

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Severe storms roll through eastern Kansas

Two rounds of severe storms rolled through Douglas and surrounding counties Saturday, May 21, 2011. Storm chaser Evan Bentley explained what the storm was doing Saturday evening near McLouth. Enlarge video

Figures about the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo., on Sunday and the 2011 tornado season. All statistics represent the official record of the National Weather Service, which covers 1950 to present day.

Joplin tornado

  • People killed: 125.
  • Survivors rescued: 9.
  • Injured: More than 900.
  • Buildings destroyed: An estimated 8,000.
  • About the tornado: Deadliest single tornado since records began in 1950. Storm Prediction Center says unofficial records show last single tornado with greater death toll occurred in 1947. National Weather Service rated the storm an EF5, the highest rating based on inflicted damage. Winds exceeded 200 mph.

Tornado count

  • Tornadoes to strike Joplin: 1.
  • Tornado reports made so far in the U.S. in May: 187, through May 24.
  • Average number of tornadoes in May during the past decade: 298.
  • Record for tornadoes in May: 542, in 2003.
  • Tornado reports made so far in 2011: 1,228, through May 24.
  • Average number of tornadoes in a single year during the past decade: 1,274.
  • Highest recorded number of tornadoes in a single year: 1,817, in 2004.

Watches and warnings

  • Total severe weather watches issued since Sunday by the NWS's Storm Prediction Center: 57.
  • Total tornado watches issued since Sunday by the NWS's Storm Prediction Center: 30.
  • Total severe weather warnings issued since Saturday by local NWS offices: 2,146.
  • Tornado warnings issued since Saturday by local NWS offices: 542.

Death toll

  • People killed in Joplin tornado: 125.
  • People killed in 2011 prior to Joplin tornado: 365.
  • People killed in 2011: 505, through morning of May 25.
  • Highest recorded death toll in a single year: 519, in 1953.
  • People killed in Oklahoma from storms this week: 9
  • People killed in Kansas: 2
  • People killed in Arkansas: 4

Source: Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr; National Weather Service; Storm Prediction Center preliminary tornado data; FEMA.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 11 months ago

Simple numbers don't even begin to reflect the human toll.

What has happened will be burned in people's memories forever. I hope that someday, healing will begin, and that the people who have survived these tragedies will someday overcome at least some of the sorrow and terror that they experienced on those terrible days.

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