1974 Tornado Outbreak
April 28, 2011 by USA Post
1974 Tornado Outbreak, Murderer of tornadoes during the first four months of this year have already claimed more lives than all of last year, possibly making this the deadliest tornado outbreak since the outbreak of the Super 1974, according to Storm Center of the Nation prediction in Norman, Oklahoma
The death toll had exceeded last year before the deadly storms hit the South last night (April 27), devastating Tuscaloosa, Alabama early this week, a tornado hit one-two Arkansas pushed this year’s figure of death to 51, surpassing the 45 killed last year.
Last night, about 100 tornadoes reported to have claimed another 100 lives in Dixie Alley, a historic tornado outbreak in what could be a record month for tornadoes.
“Never, in 32 forecast years, I have seen many violent tornadoes on radar indicated one time as I did today,” wrote the New York meteorologist Dan Satterfield on his blog the American Geophysical Union.
Tornadoes in the South are so deadly they are hard to see, like last night’s tornadoes reported overnight in northern Georgia and rain wrapped tornado in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama mobile homes, which are easily turned or is broken, are common in the region, which could add to the high number of deaths. [In pictures: The tornado damage scale]
Last night’s outbreak is likely to be more lethal from the 1974 “Super Outbreak” that killed 330 people on April 3 and 4 of that year. Violent storms have killed 123 in Alabama, and dozens more in Georgia and Mississippi, CNN reported. The storm survey teams confirm whether people were killed by tornadoes.
Forecasters had been nervous yesterday that the outbreak would be intense, Grady said Dixon, a climatologist and meteorologist at Mississippi State University in Starkville.
“This event did not catch anyone by surprise, but I think everybody is still amazed at the results,” said Dixon OurAmazingPlanet.
Dixie Tornado Alley does not need to be big to be fatal.
Unlike the flat, grassy Tornado Alley, tornadoes are difficult to see in Dixie Alley. Trees and hills funnel clouds dark terrain, a problem compounded by the high incidence of tornadoes in the region overnight.
Often, tornadoes can be wrapped in the rain, hiding even the most massive twister.
To make matters worse, Dixie Alley is home to thousands of manufactured homes and mobile homes have walls weak and poor or nonexistent bases. Before last night, more than half of tornado-related deaths this year have occurred in mobile homes.
Before yesterday’s storms, the largest outbreak of this year was in North Carolina, where tornadoes killed 24 people, all from a single focus of April. That was the deadliest outbreak since the Super Tuesday storms in February 2008 when 57 people died in Dixie Alley.
In 2008, the highest for the season in the all-time for number of tornadoes, 126 people died. This season has become already surpassed that total. As surprising as the casualty figures are, have been dramatically reduced in recent years due to better forecasting and warnings.
Mike Smith, executive director of Meteorological data, part of AccuWeather, believes at least 100 lives were saved by warnings before a large EF-4 tornado – the strongest of the year until now – occurred near San Louis the Good Friday (April 22). Some of the tornado outbreak yesterday also speculated that EF-4.
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