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At Least 23 Tornadoes Confirmed From Outbreak

1 Mar 2017, 8:22 pm

After a deadly and busy Tuesday and early Wednesday of severe weather, several tornadoes have been confirmed by various National Weather Service (NWS) offices, including at least five EF-3s.

NWS survey teams confirmed at least 23 tornadoes to have taken place in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Michigan between later Tuesday and early Wednesday. The strongest tornadoes took place in southeastern Missouri, Illinois and southern Indiana, where the EF-3 tornadoes left behind a deadly trail of destruction.

Three people died in the tornadoes. For information on how to help victims of this week’s severe weather, please click here.

More than 1,200 severe weather reports were filed by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) between Tuesday and Wednesday, making it by far the busiest severe weather day so far this year. Most of the reports were for straight-line winds, but hail up to tea cup size (three inches in diameter) was also reported from Tuesday’s storms.

The 23 tornadoes bring the 2017 total so far to at least 210, making it the fastest start to a tornado year since 2008 (230).

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured photo: @Ktroutt23

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