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412 Tornadoes in first 10 days of May set New U.S. Record

U.S. set tornado record last week

CNN.com, May 14, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Last week's almost 400 tornadoes set a record for the number of twisters in the United States during a single week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday.

A preliminary count showed 384 tornadoes in 19 states between May 4 and May 10, NOAA's National Weather Service said.

More than 40 deaths were blamed on the storms.

The most active previous week for tornadoes was May 12-18, 1995, when 171 tornadoes occurred.

The 412 tornadoes during the first 10 days of May were the most since record keeping began in 1950, the agency said. The previous record for the first 10 days of May was 177 in 1999.

In what has become known as the Super Outbreak of April 3-4, 1974, 147 tornadoes were reported in 13 states over 16 hours. The most recent significant tornado outbreak, May 3-5, 1999, included 130 tornadoes that killed 48 people in Oklahoma and Kansas. The Super Outbreak killed 307 people, compared with more than 40 this month.