Damage From The Frankenstrom Could Be As Bad As The Super Outbreak Of 1974

Friday, October 26, 2012
By Paul Martin

Randy Astaiza
Oct. 26, 2012

In a tweet yesterday, meteorologist Jim Cantore mentioned a “super outbreak of 1974” when talking about Hurricane Sandy’s potential to be a disastrous Hurricane.

That got us wondering: What the heck is he talking about?

The “super outbreak” was the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history, which happened April 3 and 4, 1974.

An incredible number of tornadoes hit 13 states: Alabama, Georgie, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the technology of 1974 was not able to quickly and accurately predict tornadoes. The National Weather Service needed visual confirmation of a tornado in order to issue a warning, which resulted in an incredible amount of damage.

Even with current warning systems, as Cantore alluded to in his tweet, disastrous tornado storms still happen. From April 25 through 28 in 2011 the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded tore through the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States. 358 tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in 21 states from Texas to New York and in southern Canada causing an insane amount of damage.

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