Tornadoes put Alabama, Missouri on top of most dangerous weather list

Tornadoes Put Alabama, Missouri on Top of Most Dangerous Weather List

It was one of the most deadly years in the history of the U.S. for weather-related fatalities.

Both Alabama and Missouri saw a significant spike in deaths due to tornadoes in 2011, which is why they rank first and second respectively on the list of states with the most dangerous weather over the last five years.

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According to a report from 24/7 Wall St., 85 percent of Alabama's weather-related deaths in the past five years occurred in 2011. Tornadoes killed more than 230 people, injuring scores more in the state that year.

On April 27, 62 confirmed tornadoes tore through the state during "The Tornado Super Outbreak of 2011."

Roughly a month later, a catastrophic tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri.

The EF5 tornado, the highest score on the tornado intensity scale, killed 162 people. It remains the seventh-deadliest tornado in U.S. history and the deadliest in the last 60 years.

In 1925, the "Tri-State Tornado," which drove through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, killed 695 people.
Nevada also ranked high on 24/7 Wall St.'s list with heat being the main cause for many of the weather-related deaths.

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