Southeastern Vulnerability and the April 27–28 Tornado Outbreak

  • Kevin M. Simmons
  • Daniel Sutter


The massive tornado outbreak on April 27–28 featured the most reported tornadoes in a 24-hour period on record in the United States. Tornadoes occurred in 19 states over these two days, but the Southeast bore the worst of the outbreak, with 234 fatalities in Alabama, 32 in Tennessee, 31 in Mississippi, and 15 in Georgia. Earlier in the month, North Carolina experienced 24 fatalities on April 16. Overall, 345 of the 360 fatalities during the record-setting month of April occurred in five Southeastern states.


Death Toll Mobile Home Fatality Index Southeastern State Tornado Warning 


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  • Daniel Sutter

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