Tornado outbreak of May 2019

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Tornado outbreak sequence of May 2019
Map of tornado warnings and confirmed tornadoes from the outbreak
TypeTornado outbreak
FormedMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
Duration14 days
DissipatedMay 30, 2019 (2019-05-30)
Highest winds
Max. rating1EF4 tornado
Largest hail5.50 in (14.0 cm) in Wellington, Texas on May 20
Casualties8 fatalities (+6 non-tornadic), 288 injuries
Areas affectedGreat Plains, Midwestern United States, Eastern United States
Part of the Tornadoes of 2019

1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale

The tornado outbreak of May 2019 is a record-breaking tornado outbreak in the United States and Canada. It has so far produced at least 237 tornadoes. This includes 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".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. "Extreme weather spans coast-to-coast with multiple tornadoes and severe storms plaguing the country". NBC News.