Special Report

States With the Most Tornadoes

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15. South Dakota
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 1,808
> Total damage since 1996: $69.7 million
> Total fatalities since 1950: 18
> Most destructive tornado on record: $18.0 million, on Saturday, May 30, 1998

Photo: A tornado, one of 10 spawned from a massive storm, is spotted on June 16, 2010, near the northern South Dakota town of Dupree.

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14. Minnesota
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 1,877
> Total damage since 1996: $690.8 million
> Total fatalities since 1950: 99
> Most destructive tornado on record: $166.6 million, on Sunday, May 22, 2011

Photo: Utility technician Scott Blixt checks on a downed power line following a tornado on Aug. 9, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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13. Arkansas
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 1,883
> Total damage since 1996: $1.52 billion
> Total fatalities since 1950: 411
> Most destructive tornado on record: $223.5 million, on Sunday, April 27, 2014

Photo: Mark Wade, a resident of Vilonia, Arkansas, looks over the debris after the area was hit by a tornado on April 29, 2014.

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12. Louisiana
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 2,093
> Total damage since 1996: $707.5 million
> Total fatalities since 1950: 227
> Most destructive tornado on record: $386.0 million, on Saturday, April 24, 2010

Photo: A police officer walks through a damaged gas station in the eastern part of New Orleans, Louisiana, after a tornado touched down on Feb. 7, 2017.

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10. Colorado
> Total unique tornadoes (1950 – 2018): 2,181
> Total damage since 1996: $178.7 million
> Total fatalities since 1950: 5
> Most destructive tornado on record: $147.0 million, on Thursday, May 22, 2008

Photo: A tornado funnel cloud is about to touch down near Eads, Colorado, southeast of Denver, on April 15, 2016.

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