Remembering April 27th Minute by Minute: The Big Picture

APRIL 27, 2011 (WDEF) – There was a late morning break in the storms after an active morning that saw touchdowns in Henegar, Mentone, Trenton, Flintstone and Chattanooga.

Those were weaker EF0-2 storms that didn’t stay on the ground so long.

The next wave would come after lunch.

So while we have this pause in the action, let’s look at the big picture.

The National Weather Service counts 199 tornadoes touching down on April 27th from Mississippi to Maryland.

That makes it the most active outbreak since they began keeping those records in the 1950s.

316 people were killed and more than 2,700 injured.

Those numbers stand with the worst storms in U.S. history.

Here is how the 2011 outbreak stacks up against the others.

Date Eyewitness Fatality Reports

March 18, 1925 747
March 21, 1932 332
May 17, 1840 317
April 27, 2011 316 (NOAA data)
April 3, 1974 310 (NOAA data – US only)
May 27, 1896 305
April 11, 1965 260 (NOAA data)
April 5, 1936 249

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