Factbox: Ten deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history

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Posted: May 25, 2011 5:58 PM
Factbox: Ten deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history

(Reuters) - A powerful tornado scored a direct hit on the southwest Missouri town of Joplin on Sunday, killing at least 125 people and leaving at least 823 more injured, authorities said on Wednesday.

The Joplin tornado is the deadliest single twister since Woodward, Oklahoma in 1947. The death toll in Joplin may rise further as the search continues.

Here is a list of the 10 deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history:

1. Mar 18, 1925 Missouri/Illinois/Indiana; 695 dead

2. May 6, 1840 Natchez, Mississippi; 317 dead

3. May 27, 1896 St. Louis, Missouri; 255 dead

4. April 5, 1936 Tupelo, Mississippi; 216 dead

5. April 6, 1936 Gainesville, Georgia; 203 dead

6. April 9, 1947 Woodward, Oklahoma; 181 dead

7. April 24,1908 Amite, La./Purvis, Miss.; 143 dead

8. May 22, 2011 Joplin, Missouri; 125 dead

9. June 12, 1899 New Richmond, Wisconsin; 117 dead

10. June 3, 1953 Flint, Michigan; 115 dead

NOTE: These figures do not include the series of tornadoes in the Southeast including Alabama in April 2011 which killed at least 346 people in seven states. Of those, 238 deaths were in Alabama, 41 of which were in Tuscaloosa County. But no single tornado during those storms resulted in enough deaths to be listed in this ranking.

SOURCE: Storm Prediction Center of National Weather Service's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "25 deadliest tornadoes."

(Compiled by Greg McCune)