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Tornadoes Increase in 2017

Preliminary NOAA reports show that there were about 529 tornadoes January to April 2017 compared with the January to April average of 239 for the three years from 2014 to 2016...
August 23, 2017

Preliminary NOAA reports show that there were about 529 tornadoes January to April 2017 compared with the January to April average of 239 for the three years from 2014 to 2016. These tornadoes killed 20 people in January 2017 compared with 17 in all of 2016.  There were four deaths in Mississippi on January 21, and seven deaths in Georgia on January 22.  In February there were four deaths: three in Illinois and one in Missouri. There were three deaths in April: two in Louisiana and one in South Carolina.

Preliminary NOAA data show that there were about 971 tornadoes in all of 2016, compared with 1,177 in 2015. Seventeen people perished in tornadoes in 2016.

The United States experiences more tornadoes than any other country. Tornadoes accounted for 40.2 percent of insured catastrophe losses from 1996 to 2015, according to Verisk’s Property Claim Services (PCS). The costliest U.S. catastrophe involving tornadoes, based on insured losses, occurred in April 2011. It hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and other areas, and cost $7.8 billion in insured damages (in 2015 dollars). That event was the 10th costliest U.S. catastrophe, based on insured losses, according to PCS. The second costliest catastrophe involving tornadoes, based on insured losses, struck Joplin, Missouri, and other locations in May 2011. The catastrophe cost $7.3 billion in insured losses in 2015 dollars.

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