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As of December 9, there have been 1,836 tornadoes reported in the US in 2011 (of which at least 1,560 were confirmed). 2011 has been an exceptionally destructive and deadly year for tornadoes; worldwide, at least 576 people perished due to tornadoes: 12 in Bangladesh, two in South Africa, one in New Zealand, one in the Philippines, one in Russia, one in Canada and an estimated 552 in the United States (compared to 564 US deaths in the prior ten years combined). Due mostly to several extremely large tornado outbreaks in the middle and end of April and in late May, the year is currently well above average in almost every category, with six EF5 tornadoes and nearly enough total tornado reports to eclipse the mark of 1,717 tornadoes recorded in in 2004, the current record year for tornadoes.
552 confirmed fatalities is also the second-most tornadic deaths in a single year for tornadoes in US history, only trailing 1925 which featured the infamous Tri-State Tornado. This total is due in large part to the 322 tornadic deaths that occurred during the April 27 outbreak across the Southeastern United States and the 160 tornadic deaths in the 2011 Joplin tornado.
Simpson/Allen County, KY: EF2 (120 mph)
Jefferson County, KY: EF1 (95-100 mph)
Scott County, KY: EF1 (90 mph)
Rutherford County, TN: EF0 (80-85 mph)
Northeast Louisville, KY: EF1 (95 mph)
Floyds Knob, IN: EF1 (95-100 mph)
Madison, IN: EF0 (85 mph)
Clarksville, IN: EF0 (75 mph)
Dumas, MS: Preliminary Marion County MS east of Sandy Hook: Preliminary
The Louisville area appeared to be among the hardest hit, with an EF-1 tornado with wind speeds estimated at 95 mph touching down in the city. To the north, a tornado that struck Floyds Knob, Indiana may have contained winds reaching 100 mph. The storms were triggered by an approaching cold front that forecasters said would cause temperatures to plummet. "Anymore it's not rare at all," Callahan said of spring-like storms in winter. "We have it almost every year lately."
Originally posted by RN311
reply to post by kdog1982
thats why I'm trying to get it out there now so people are aware of what will be going on in their area tonight, maybe even sleep in their basements if possible. if you have family or friends in the area please give them a heads up so their not caught off gaurd in the middle of the night.
Tornado Storm Report
2012-01-23 08:12:00 EST
Wklf radio studio destroyed...and 302 foot transmission tower was toppled at the intersection of Alabama Highway 22 and County Road 37. (Bmx)
Major structual damage reported in Maplesville with people trapped in homes. (Bmx)
Several homes destroyed in the Paradise Valley area in Clay. Time estimated from radar. (Bmx)
Major structural damage reported in Trussville with multiple trees downed. (Bmx)
At least three people were killed after storms swept through Jefferson County, the local emergency management agency told NBC News.
The Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman Randy Christian said a 16-year-old boy was killed in Clay and an 82-year-old man died in the community of Oak Grove.
A storm system produced a possible tornado that moved across northern Jefferson County around 3:30 a.m., causing damage in Oak Grove, Graysville, Fultondale, Centerpoint, Clay and Trussville, Christian said. He said several homes were destroyed and numerous injuries were reported.