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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wichita KS
700 AM CDT Wed Apr 25 2018


In 2011, the worst tornado outbreak in U.  S.  history
began.Over a 4 day period from April 25th to the 28th,
an inconceivable 327 confirmed tornadoes occurred.  They
unleashed an expansive swath of appalling death and
destruction over 21 states extending from Texas to New
York and even Southern Ontario, Canada.  The outbreak
leveled the previous record of 148 set on April 3rd and
4th, 1974 by just over a 2 to 1 margin.  Widespread and
destructive tornadoes occurred each day.  In fact, the
April 3rd and 4th 1974 record was broken on the 27th
alone, when a staggering 173 tornadoes occurred.  This
was obviously a single day record.  The hardest hit
states were Mississippi and Alabama where 3 EF5 tornadoes
struck both states.  The first EF5 struck East Central
Mississippi with a track 29 miles long and around one
half mile wide.  It killed 3 and 2 homes vanished.  The
second was perhaps the most violent.  It tore through the
Northeast Mississippi town of Smithville.  Fourteen were
killed.  Eighteen homes, 14 businesses, the police
station and post office were all leveled.  The tornado
track was 75 miles long and averaged one half mile wide
as it crossed the state line, after which it dissipated
in Northwest Alabama.  The third EF5 tornado struck
Northwest Alabama where it killed 78.  This was the
deadliest in Alabama history and the deadliest since the
Udall Tornado of May 25, 1955.Dozens of well built
homes were swept from their foundations.  Three churches,
3 restaurants, and a high school were leveled.A large
cargo container was thrown 600 yards and sections of
asphalt were scoured from highways.  It missed a nuclear
power plant by 2 miles.  The track was an incredible 132
miles and reached 1.25 miles wide.  The tornado drawing
the greatest attention was a huge EF4 that roared along a
track 80 miles long from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham.  It
averaged between 1 and 1.5 miles wide and killed 61.
Forty one of the fatalities were in Tuscaloosa where
around 1,000 were injured.  The University of Alabama
suspended operations and postponed commencement
ceremonies until August 6th.  In all, 321 people were
killed of which 247 were in Alabama.


In 1898, Volcano Springs California lived up to its name
by soaring to a high of 118 degrees, thereby establishing
the all-time warmest temperature in the United States for
the month of April.  In 1984, a late season snowstorm
spanning a 3-day period overwhelmed parts of the Northern
Rockies and Northwestern Plains.  Red Lodge Montana was
snowed under by 6 feet, while around five and a half feet
buried Lead South Dakota.  It was the worst late season
snowstorm to hit the affected areas.

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