Special Report

States With the Most Tornadoes

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25. South Carolina
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 1,029
> Total damage since 1996: $78.9 million
> Total fatalities since 1950: 78
> Most destructive tornado on record: $8.0 million, on Friday, July 06, 2001

Photo: Tornado damage in Hampton, South Carolina, in the wake of Tropical Storm Bill in June of 2015.

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24. Kentucky
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 1,034
> Total damage since 1996: $927.5 million
> Total fatalities since 1950: 228
> Most destructive tornado on record: $101.0 million, on Tuesday, May 28, 1996

Photo: An F4 tornado, the strongest on the Fujita scale, bears down on a middle school in Madisonville in western Kentucky in November 2005.

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23. Michigan
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 1,053
> Total damage since 1996: $369.3 million
> Total fatalities since 1950: 241
> Most destructive tornado on record: $90.0 million, on Wednesday, July 02, 1997

Photo: An aerial shot of some of the heaviest damage to buildings in Dexter, Michigan, after a powerful twister ravaged the area on March 15, 2012.

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22. Ohio
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 1,127
> Total damage since 1996: $567.2 million
> Total fatalities since 1950: 260
> Most destructive tornado on record: $102.4 million, on Saturday, June 05, 2010

Photo: A damaged home in Millbury, Ohio, partially stands after a tornado hit the region in June 2010.

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21. Tennessee
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 1,253
> Total damage since 1996: $1.25 billion
> Total fatalities since 1950: 375
> Most destructive tornado on record: $101.0 million, on Thursday, April 16, 1998

Photo: Destroyed cars litter a parking lot in Jackson, Tennessee, on Feb. 6, 2008, after tornadoes swept through five southern states.

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