One Year Later: Tornado Super Outbreak of 2011

May 1, 2012; 5:55 AM ET
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This video is of the Tuscaloosa tornado.

It's been a year since the Super Outbreak of 2011. April 2011 is ranked as the most active tornado month on record with 758 tornadoes. The National Weather Service confirmed 358 tornadoes from April 25 to 28, 2011. The previous record for April tornadoes was set in April 1974 with 267 tornadoes.

National Weather Service records show that 321 people died during the four days of the outbreak. March 18, 1925, holds the record for the most tornado-related deaths with 747 people killed. Out of those 747 deaths in 1925, 695 people were killed from the lone Tri-State Tornado. The Tuesday night into Wednesday part of the outbreak was the deadliest two-day period since April 5-6, 1936, when 454 people were killed.

NOAA's Summary of the 2011 Super Outbreak

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