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The 25 Deadliest Tornadoes in the United States

The following table lists tornadoes by the number of fatalities.

DateLocation(s)Deaths
 1. March 18, 1925Tri-State (Mo., Ill., Ind.)689
 2. May 6, 1840Natchez, Miss.317
 3. May 27, 1896St. Louis, Mo.255
 4. April 5, 1936Tupelo, Miss.216
 5. April 6, 1936Gainesville, Ga.203
 6. April 9, 1947Woodward, Okla.181
 7. April 24, 1908Amite La.; Purvis, Miss.143
 8. May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO122
 9. June 12, 1899New Richmond, Wis.117
 10. June 8, 1953Flint, Mich.115
11. May 11, 1953Waco, Tex.114
12. May 18, 1902Goliad, Tex.114
13. March 23, 1913Omaha, Neb.103
14. May 26, 1917Mattoon, Ill.101
15. June 23, 1944Shinnston, W. Va.100
16. April 18, 1880Marshfield, Mo.99
17. June 1, 1903Gainesville, Holland, Ga.98
18. May 9, 1927Poplar Bluff, Mo.98
19. May 10, 1905Snyder, Okla.97
20. April 24, 1908Natchez, Miss.91
21. June 9, 1953Worcester, Mass.90
22. April 20, 1920Starkville, Miss.; Waco, Ala.88
23. June 28, 1924Lorain, Sandusky, Ohio85
24. May 25, 1955Udall, Kans.80
25. Sept. 29, 1927St. Louis, Mo.79
Source: Storm Prediction Center at the National Weather Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Web: www.spc.noaa.gov/archive/tornadoes/t-deadly.html.

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