The 2011 tornado year started while champagne corks were still popping to celebrate the new year when an EF-31 tornado touched down near Bayette in Attala County, Mississippi, at two minutes past midnight. The first killer tornado of the year occurred on February 1 when an EF-2 tornado struck Franklin County, Tennessee. Through the end of March the tornado season had been relatively benign, with 152 tornadoes and 2 fatalities nationwide, compared with averages of 193 and 27, respectively, through March of the three previous years. Little or no hint had been given that the United States was about to experience a record-breaking month in April and the deadliest tornado day since 1925.
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