Alabama leads nation in average number of tornado deaths per year

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Total number of tornado-related deaths in the U.S. between 2005 and 2014 (Source: SPC)

(WHNT)– Nationally, 2015 has been a quiet year for tornadoes. 862 tornadoes have been reported in the U.S. through October 5. This is only about 100 more than the fewest number of tornadoes on record during that time.

Nine tornadoes have been reported in north Alabama in 2015, most of which occurred on July 14. The strongest tornadoes this year were rated EF-1.

Despite a relatively quiet year for tornadoes both here and across the country, Alabama still ranks highest in the nation for average number of tornado fatalities per year.

Between 2005 and 2014, an average of 27 deaths each year were attributed to tornadoes. This number is highly weighted on the more than 250 deaths which occurred in 2011 alone. 269 total deaths occurred in Alabama between 2005 and 2014.

Missouri has the second highest number of tornado fatalities. 208 deaths were attributed to twisters between 2005 and 2014.

Visit the Storm Prediction Center’s website for more tornado statistics.