Tornado Alley’s Most Devastating Years

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Source: Courtesy of Photographer Derek Stratman via NOAA

2010
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 149 (32nd fewest)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (139 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (7 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2010: 1,296 (373 in alley states)

Photo: A tornado is seen on the horizon. There were 1,296 tornadoes in the U.S. in 2010.

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2011
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 423 (16th most)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (408 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (14 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2011: 1,728 (363 in alley states)

Photo: One of nine tornadoes that formed in Oklahoma on Nov. 7, 2011.

Source: Courtesy of NOAA / NWS / Atlanta National Weather Service Forecast Office

2012
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 134 (29th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Kansas (50 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (6 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2012: 946 (326 in alley states)

Photo: A neighborhood flattened by a tornado.

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2013
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 358 (19th most)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (270 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (34 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2013: 922 (285 in alley states)

Photo: A supercell thunderstorm that looks like an alien spacecraft gathers over the American Plains.

Source: Courtesy of NOAA

2014
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 108 (19th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (49 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (2 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2014: 896 (194 in alley states)

Photo: A tornado skips over a farm in Benton County in central Minnesota.

Source: Photo by Jon Durr / Getty Images

2015
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 775 (7th most)
> State with most injuries: Texas (708 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (17 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2015: 1,193 (529 in alley states)

Photo: First-responders search through Fairdale, Illinois, after a tornado swept through.

Source: Photo by Brian Davidson / Getty Images

2016
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 35 (4th fewest)
> State with most injuries: Oklahoma (13 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Oklahoma (2 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2016: 983 (318 in alley states)

Photo: A tornado is seen south of Dodge City, Kansas.

Source: Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images

2017
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 114 (22nd fewest)
> State with most injuries: Texas (71 injuries)
> State with most fatalities: Texas (4 deaths)
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2017: 1,450 (360 in alley states)

Photo: A supercell thunderstorm forms outside of Limon, Colorado.

Source: NOAA / Wikimedia Commons

2018
> Tornado-related injuries in 5 alley states: 8
> State with most injuries: Kansas
> State with most fatalities: Not available
> Number of US-wide tornadoes in 2018 through August: 648 (134 in alley states)

Photo: Damage to a home in Elon, Virginia, from an F3-strength tornado.