Tornado outbreak of May 2019

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Tornado outbreak of May 2019
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Map of tornado warnings and confirmed tornadoes from the outbreak sequence.
TypeTornado outbreak
FormedMay 16, 2019 (2019-05-16)
Tornadoes confirmed237
Max rating1EF4 tornado
Highest winds
Total fatalities7 fatalities (+6 non-tornadic)
Areas affectedGreat Plains, Midwestern United States, Eastern United States
1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale Part of the Tornadoes of 2019

The tornado outbreak of May 2019 is an ongoing record-breaking tornado outbreak in the United States and Canada, which has so far produced at least 237 tornadoes, including 47 significant events (EF2+). 18 of these were EF3 tornadoes over multiple states. States affected were Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

On May 28, the U.S. had its 12th straight day with at least eight tornadoes, which broke the previous record of 11 days straight set in 1980.[1] During this period, the U.S. had an average of 27.5 tornadoes per day.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Franko, Angie Wang, John Minchillo and Kantele. "Record for tornado activity tied as twisters leave trail of destruction across Ohio, Indiana". chicagotribune.com.
  2. "Extreme weather spans coast-to-coast with multiple tornadoes and severe storms plaguing the country". NBC News.