Record 312 twisters in single day, US says

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
By Paul Martin

24-hour period last week doubles earlier record of 148 in 1974, NOAA estimates

MSNBC.com
5/2/2011

It looks like last week’s tornado outbreak was the biggest on record for a single 24-hour period, federal experts said Monday.

Preliminary estimates counted 312 tornadoes from 8 a.m. ET on April 27 to 8 a.m. on April 28, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. That’s far above the previous record of 148 twisters in 1974.

Over a 48-hour window, the total appears to be 362, NOAA stated.

An earlier statement had put the estimate at 226 tornadoes during the 24-hour window, and 312 over 48 hours.

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