2008-2017 Deadliest Tornadoes

The start of 2017 in the U.S. was darkened by some of the deadliest tornadoes in nine years.

According to preliminary information provided by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) there were three deaths from tornado on the last day of February, one in Ottawa, Illinois, another one in Crossville, Illinois, and the other one in Perryville, Missouri. In case these fatalities prove to be caused by tornado, the number of people killed by tornado in the U.S. this year will reach 23. In 2017 as many as 20 people perished because of the tornado of Jan. 21-22 that hit the South, with 16 victims died in South Georgia and 4 near Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Damage to a Brick home near Moulton Alabama

Such unusually high death toll from tornadoes after just first two months of the year was only in 2008. That year during January and February 66 people were killed, including fifty-seven victims of the Super Tuesday Outbreak that took place on Feb. 5-6, 2008.

The SPC also reports that those 20 tornado-related deaths of January 2017 were the most for just one month since the deadly tornado of 1969, when 32 people died. In fact, the tornado death toll of January 2017 exceeded the tornado-related deaths of all 2016. The previous year had a below-average rate of not only deaths caused by tornado but also tornadoes in particular. In 2016 just 17 people were killed by tornadoes while on average 70 tornado-related deaths were reported each year since 1986 to 2015, NOAA states.

Meteorologists warn that tornadoes developing at night or early in the morning have the highest mortality rate. 15 of the 20 tornado-related deaths of January happened during those early-morning hours. So it is vitally important to get warning information about the coming threat to escape the danger.