The biggest tornado events of 2019

2019 got off to something of a slow start, but in winter a slow start doesn’t necessarily mean much.

[The biggest tornado events of 2018]

Closing out February and entering March, two significant tornado events have now occurred. While the first did not have huge numbers, it did drop the year’s first killer tornado. The March 3 outbreak ended up one of the deadliest in recent years with confirmed tornadoes in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

Significant tornado outbreaks of 2019

Impactful outbreaks with at least 20 confirmed tornadoes and/or a killer tornado and/or an EF3 tornado.

March 3 – 39 tornadoes in AL, FL, GA, SC

EF3+ tornadoes

#1: EF3 – February 23: Columbus, MS

#2: EF4 – March 3: Beauregard, Ala.–Talbotton, Ga.
#3: EF3 – March 3: East of Tallahassee to north of Lloyd, Fla.

All EF3+ in one list…

#1: EF3 – February 23: Columbus, MS
#2: EF4 – March 3: Beauregard, Ala.–Talbotton, Ga.
#3: EF3 – March 3: East of Tallahassee to north of Lloyd, Fla.

Killer tornadoes

There have been 24 tornado deaths so far in 2019. One in the Feb. 23 tornado even, and 23 on March 3. See SPC’s killer tornado page.

Top outbreaks, by numbers

#1: March 3 – 39 tornadoes

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Katie Wheatley

Katie currently works as a GIS Analyst for EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., PBC in Hunt Valley, Maryland. See full bio.

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