UPDATE: 60 plus Mississippi tornadoes in April shatters record and sets new record
UPDATE: Damage surveys show 25 tornadoes killed hundreds across 5 states from outbreak
After an historic and deadly tornado outbreak to close out what was already a very active month of April for tornadoes in Alabama and Mississippi, both states now lead the nation in reported and confirmed tornadoes so far this year.
According to the Storm Prediction Center, over 150 tornadoes have been reported in Alabama and over 130 have been reported in Mississippi so far this year, by far the most of any other states in the country.
Out of those numerous tornado reports, the National Weather Service has confirmed at least 98 tornadoes actually tracked across parts of Alabama with 77 confirmed tornado tracks across Mississippi.
With at least 98 tornadoes confirmed in Alabama so far this year, 2011 is already going down as the most active for tornadoes on record in the state, breaking the previous record of 94 tornadoes in 2008.
With at least 77 tornadoes confirmed in Mississippi so far this year, the state is on a rapid pace to break its previous record of 109 tornadoes, also set in 2008.
Major tornado outbreaks on April 15th and April 27th led to the high number of tornadoes reported and confirmed in both states.
On April 15th in Alabama, 41 tornadoes were confirmed with at least another 48 confirmed on April 27th, both of which were the greatest single tornado events in Alabama on record.
In Mississippi on April 15th, a total of 17 tornadoes were confirmed across the state with at least another 39 confirmed tornadoes from April 26th through April 27th.
In the month of April alone, at least 90 tornadoes were confirmed out of the total 98 so far this year in Alabama, while at least 63 tornadoes have been confirmed in Mississippi out of the total of 77 so far this year.
The 63 tornadoes in April 2011 shatters the previous April record of 26 tornadoes in 2005 in Mississippi and also sets a new monthly tornado record for any month.
April is historically the most active month for tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama.
Record powerful tornadoes also confirmed so far this year in both states
With the record number of tornadoes confirmed in Alabama, according to NWS, 2011 also holds the record for the most EF-4/F-4 or EF-5/F-5 tornadoes in a single year with seven confirmed so far.
The two confirmed EF-5 tornadoes in Mississippi from the historic and deadly tornado outbreak on April 27th is the first time on record that multiple tornadoes of such EF-5 or F-5 intensity touched down in the state on the same day.
The last time two EF-5/F-5 tornadoes touched down in any state on the same day was in Kansas back in 1990.