VORTEX2 NEWS: Tornadoes: How Deadly Are They?

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Tornado forming: Book of Odds Talks with Storm Chaser Joshua Wurman The deadliest tornado in history was invisible. In 1925, the Tri-State Tornado ravaged a mile-wide path for 219 miles across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana at 60 miles per hour—twice the forward speed of the average tornado. It lacked the classic funnel cloud, but the damage was catastrophic: nearly 2,000 people were injured, property losses totaled more than $16 million, and 689 people died.

The high death count in the Tri-State disaster is extremely unusual. The odds a person will be killed by a tornado in a year are 1 in 4,513,000. Over that same period, it is more likely a person will die from a fall off a cliff—1 in 4,101,000—or will be diagnosed with leprosy—1 in 2,930,000.

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Forming Book of Odds Talks with Storm Chaser Joshua Wurman

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