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Record Tornado Death Streak Ends Saturday

25 Feb 2018, 2:39 pm

At least one tornado-related fatality on Saturday snapped a record streak for U.S. tornado deaths on Saturday.

An EF-2 tornado killed a 79-year-old woman on Saturday afternoon in Logan County, Kentucky, the first tornado-related death since May 16th, 2017 – a record streak of 283 days that unfortunately ended this weekend.

The previous record was 220 days, a streak that started in mid-2012 and lasted through January 2013.

Records go back to 1950.

Better warnings, forecasts, better knowledge about how to protect life in a tornado and sheer luck are the primary reasons this streak went as long as it did. Hopefully, a newer and longer streak began on Sunday.

More severe storms, with the possibility of tornadoes, are likely later this week, especially on Wednesday.

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi