Tornado Alley’s Most Devastating Years

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1980
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 281 (25th most)
> State with most injuries: Nebraska (204 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Nebraska (5 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1980: 870 (286 in alley states)

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1981
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 227 (31st most)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (100 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (6 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1981: 784 (329 in alley states)

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1982
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 527 (12th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (269 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (14 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1982: 1,057 (429 in alley states)

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1983
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 130 (28th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Texas (85 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (8 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1983: 934 (349 in alley states)

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1984
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 355 (20th most)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (214 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (13 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1984: 915 (288 in alley states)

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1985
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 95 (16th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Texas (54 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (4 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1985: 694 (252 in alley states)

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1986
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 159 (33rd fewest)
> State with most injuries: Texas (120 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (3 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1986: 772 (299 in alley states)

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1987
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 470 (14th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (458 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (43 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1987: 659 (231 in alley states)

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1988
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 48 (8th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Kansas (24 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Nebraska (2 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1988: 702 (155 in alley states)

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1989
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 86 (14th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Texas (75 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (1 death)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1989: 863 (257 in alley states)