Tornado Alley’s Most Devastating Years

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1950
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 312 (21st most)
> State with most injuries: Nebraska (135 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (11 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1950: 202 (80 in alley states)

Photo: A tornado is observed outside of an American city.

Source: Courtesy of the Collection of Captain Ray Tryon, USC&GS; (dec) / NOAA

1951
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 262 (28th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (118 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Kansas (8 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1951: 260 (146 in alley states)

Photo: People clean up debris from the aftermath of a tornado.

Source: Courtesy of NOAA

1952
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 39 (6th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Nebraska (21 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Not available
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1952: 243 (68 in alley states)

Photo: The aftermath from a tornado at St. Louis, Missouri.

Source: Courtesy of NOAA / C&GS Season's Report 1953-11

1953
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 987 (4th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (834 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (150 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1953: 429 (171 in alley states)

Photo: Damage to a utility tower from a tornado in Christian County, Kentucky.

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1954
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 275 (27th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (134 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Nebraska (7 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1954: 558 (230 in alley states)

Photo: Workers looking through debris in wake of a tornado.

Source: Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

1955
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 1,252 (2nd most)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (852 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (123 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1955: 597 (324 in alley states)

Photo: A tornado spins on the landscape. There were 1,252 injuries in five states in 1955.

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1956
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 293 (22nd most)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (219 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (7 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1956: 509 (209 in alley states)

Photo: A tornado bears down on a small town. In 1956, there were 509 tornadoes in the United States.

Source: Mr. Robert E. Day / SELS Weather Bureau / Wikimedia Commons

1957
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 795 (6th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (489 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Kansas (51 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1957: 862 (389 in alley states)

Photo: A twister sweeps across an open field. 1957 was a deadly year in Kansas, with 51 reported deaths in the state from tornadoes.

Source: Courtesy of U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

1958
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 106 (18th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Texas (53 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Kansas (15 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1958: 569 (220 in alley states)

Photo: Mangled remains of vehicle lodged in a tree following a tornado.

Source: Photo by Bert Hoyt / Three Lions / Getty Images

1959
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 120 (26th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Texas (64 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (8 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1959: 609 (277 in alley states)

Photo: Tornadoes like this one were responsible for 64 injuries in Texas in 1959, the most of any state that year.