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Pat Shingleton: "Fujita not Fajitas..."

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Posted: May 1, 2014 6:04 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: May 2, 2014 4:00 AM
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Topics: Fujita Scale. April3-4, 1974

The last three years of tornado outbreaks in Mississippi and Alabama have shifted twister intensity from Tornado Alley to the Dixie Alley. Another outbreak is noted from April 3rd and 4th, 1974. For sixteen hours, 148 tornadoes damaged 13 states east of the Mississippi River, including the province of Ontario, Canada. The combined path length was 2,598 miles as deaths totaled 315 with 5,484 injuries. Six tornadoes reached F-5 intensity (Fujita Scale) with six cities hit twice in the same day. On May 1,1933, the deadliest tornado in Louisiana history struck Minden with 28 deaths and 400 injuries. Professor Theodore Fujita developed the Fujita scale for determining tornado intensity and waited 30 years before seeing his first live tornado.

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