Pat Shingleton: "Destructive April..."
April is the month for tornadoes and April 3rd and 4th, 1974 is still recognized as one of the most active 24-hour periods for twisters in American history. This morning reports of destruction will be identified in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. This 1974 episode was identified as the "Super Outbreak," covering more than 490,000 square and destroying more than 600 square miles within three major squall lines. The death toll from this outbreak was 315 within eleven states with more than $500 million in damage. Xenia, Ohio was hardest hit with 34 deaths. Another episode was registered on April 5th and 6th, 1936, noted back then as the second deadliest outbreak on record. From Tupelo, Mississippi to the western Carolinas, 17 twisters caused 216 fatalities with $18 million in damage. Two other incidents occurred on April 11th and 12th, 1965 and April 24th and 25th, 1908. During the 1965 episode, 51 tornadoes took 256 lives and the 1908 incident reported 18 tornadoes from Louisiana to Georgia with 310 deaths. One of the longest and deadliest tornadoes traveled 158 miles from Weiss, Louisiana to Winchester, Mississippi.