The map above shows the location of each F-5/EF-5 tornado that has touched down in the US since 1950. The numbers represent the order of occurrence, i.e. #1 is the 1st, #58 is the most recent.
With 2 EF-5 tornadoes touching down in Alabama on April 27th, the state now ranks #1 in the number of these most violent tornadoes since 1950. According to the Storm Prediction Center, 7 F-5/EF-5 tornadoes have hit the state since 1950, all of them clustered in the northern part of the state. That's more than the traditional tornado alley states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas have seen in the same period of time (6 in each state since 1950).
Here are the 7 tornadoes:
#1 -- April 3, 1974 Mt. Hope Alabama (Lawrence County)
#2 -- April 3, 1974 Tanner (Limestone County)
#3 -- April 3, 1974 Guin (Marion County)
#4 -- April 4, 1977 Birmingham (Jefferson County)
#5 -- April 8, 1998 Oak Grove/Pleasant Grove (Jefferson County)
#6 -- April 27, 2011 Hackleburg/Phil Campbell (Marion/Franklin County)
#7 -- April 27, 2011 Rainsville/Sylvania (Dekalb County)
For the entire list of F-5/EF-5 tornadoes, visit the Storm Prediction Center
WAFF 48 Storm Team