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YTD AL leads the way with 170 reports of #tornadoes ; MS is 2nd with 162; and TX has reported 115 #tornadoes
183% increase of reported #tornadoes; 249% increase of hail accounts and 103% increase of wind over 65 kts from 2012- 2011.
Believe it or not, the energy in a #tornado represents a very small fraction of the energy in a thunderstorm.
From 1916 to 1998, there were over 12,000 fatalities or 150 per year on average.
A #tornado outbreak is several #tornadoes over a region. A small outbreak is 6-9, medium is 10-19, and large is 20 or more #tornadoes.
National Tornado Alert Center.com sends real time automated telephone alerts to residents 24 hrs/ day when tornado warnings/ watches have been issued by NWS.