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2012: Top Three Worst Tornado, Severe Weather Outbreaks

By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
January 04, 2013; 5:12 AM

Despite the low number of tornadoes across the U.S. in 2012, there were some severe weather and tornado outbreaks that will not soon be forgotten.

The top three tornado and severe weather outbreaks of 2012 are the tornado outbreak of March 2, the tornado outbreak of April 13-14, and the June 29 super derecho due to the number of damage reports and people impacted.

2012: Top Three Worst Tornado, Severe Weather Outbreaks

Despite the low number of tornadoes across the U.S. in 2012, there were some severe weather and tornado outbreaks that will not soon be forgotten.

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March 2, 2012, Tornado Outbreak

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More than 130 tornado reports came out on March 2, 2012, making it one of the worst outbreaks ever in early March. Several of the tornadoes were very large and dangerous. The twisters moved very quickly, making them even more dangerous since there was less warning time for people to take shelter.

The death toll from the tornado outbreak was 40.

Southern Indiana was hit the hardest by the most violent tornadoes, which entirely leveled some towns. Henryville, Ind., was among the hardest-hit communities.
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Inside a School Bus Thrown by the Henryville TornadoSurveillance video shows the inside of a bus as a tornado picks it up and throws it into a building on March 2.
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Tornado damage up the street.Ambs_edwards

April 13-14, 2012 Tornado Outbreak

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One of the tornadoes on April 13, 2012, touched down in Norman, Okla., dangerously close to Oklahoma University.
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The image above shows tornado damage at Rotary Park in Norman, Okla.
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There were more than 120 tornado reports on April 14, 2012. One of the most devastating tornadoes touched down in Woodward, Okla., at night and the sirens failed to sound.
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A tornado also struck Wichita, Kan., late in the evening, causing severe damage.
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AccuWeather's Cory Mottice went storm chasing in the Plains, capturing several pictures and videos of tornadoes.
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June 29, 2012, Derecho

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A super derecho* of violent thunderstorms left a more than 700-mile trail of destruction across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic on June 29, 2012, cutting power to millions and killing at least 13 people.

* - A derecho is defined as a widespread and long-lived wind storm that accompanies rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. The most severe derechos are given the adjective super.
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The image above is of a snapped power line in middle of Potomac Street from the storms in Washington, D.C.

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