10 deadliest tornadoes in US history

A look at the top 10 deadliest tornado events in U.S. history.

1. Tri-state (Missouri, Illinois, Indiana)
March 18, 1925
Deaths: 695

2. Natchez, Miss.
May 6, 1840
Deaths: 317

3. St. Louis, Mo.
May 27, 1896
Deaths: 255

4. Tupelo, Miss.
April 5, 1936
Deaths: 216

5. Gainesville, Ga.
April 6, 1936
Deaths: 203

6. Woodward, Okla.
April 9, 1947
Deaths: 181

7. Joplin, Mo.
May 22, 2011
Deaths: 158

8. Amite, La., and Purvis, Miss.
April 24, 1908
Deaths: 143

9. New Richmond, Wis.
June 12, 1899
Deaths: 117

10. Flint, Mich.
June 8, 1953
Deaths: 116

 

Since they happened before the era of comprehensive damage surveys, some of these events are 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 back then.

Source: NOAA.gov

 

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