Tornado Alley’s Most Devastating Years

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1960
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 527 (12th most)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (319 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (35 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1960: 617 (287 in alley states)

Photo: Classically formed tornadoes like this one led to the deaths of 35 people in Oklahoma, more than any other state.

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1961
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 421 (17th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (278 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (17 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1961: 707 (274 in alley states)

Photo: A twister sweeps toward a farm. in 1961, 707 tornadoes were reported in the U.S.

Source: Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

1962
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 167 (35th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (57 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (1 death)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1962: 662 (350 in alley states)

Photo: 67 tornadoes hit Oklahoma in 1962 and this was one of them.

Source: Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

1963
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 28 (3rd fewest)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (11 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (1 death)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1963: 469 (167 in alley states)

Photo: Four F3-strength twisters struck Oklahoma in 1963.

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1964
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 281 (25th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (132 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (8 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1964: 709 (298 in alley states)

Photo: An F5-strength tornado approaches Sheppard Air Force Base in Oklahoma, killing seven people and injuring 111 others.

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1965
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 238 (30th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (96 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (6 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1965: 907 (360 in alley states)

Photo: A double tornado near Elkhart, Indiana was part of the 47-tornado outbreak in six Midwest states that killed 47 people.

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1966
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 559 (10th most)
> State with most injuries: Kansas (513 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Kansas (17 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1966: 588 (188 in alley states)

Photo: An F5-strength tornado struck Topeka, Kansas, the most destructive tornado ever to hit Kansas.

Source: NOAA Photo Library / Flickr

1967
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 117 (25th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Texas (44 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (5 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1967: 933 (373 in alley states)

Photo: A tornado spins near Enid, Oklahoma.

Source: Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

1968
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 51 (9th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Kansas (16 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (0 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1968: 661 (254 in alley states)

Photo: Billowing clouds of a tornado near Shamrock, Texas.

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1969
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 167 (34th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Kansas (78 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (3 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 1969: 611 (225 in alley states)

Photo: A tornado damaged cabins at this camp along the shores of Roosevelt Lake near Outing, Minnesota.