This weekend marks the anniversary of two major tornado outbreak across the Local 6 region and the midwest U.S. On April 2, 2006, a major tornado outbreak ripped across the Mid-South, spawning 66 tornadoes that claimed a total of 69 lives, including 24 deaths in the Newbern & Bradford areas in west Tennesse from an F3 tornado that caused significant damage in Marmaduke, AR and Caruthersville, MO. This system also spawned an F3 tornado that destroyed 93 homes in Christian Co., KY, near Hopkinsville. More more information on this tornado outbreak, click the links below.
Then on a larger scale, this weekend marks the anniversary of the largest tornado outbreak over a 24-hour period in recorded history. The Super Outbreak of 1974 occurred on April 3 & 4, with 148 tornadoes across 13 U.S. states, with a total damage path of 2,600 miles. Six of those tornadoes were rated as F5, and 24 were rated as F4. The Super Outbreak claimed between 315-330 lives. 32 of those killed were in Xenia, OH, where one of the strongest tornadoes ever recorded tore the city apart. An F4 tornado tore a path of destruction near the Louisville, KY area as well. For more on the Super Outbreak, here are some additional links: