The tornado that struck Alabama on April 27, 2011 has been deemed the second deadliest outbreak in U.S. history. Striking across seven states, the windstorm killed at least 337 people throughout states including Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia. But the whirlwinds have not been secluded to the South. On May 22 an EF-5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri killing 142 people and damaging 7,000 homes. Additionally, on June 1, an EF-3 tornado stuck in Massachusetts killing three people. Meteorologists have deemed this the deadliest year for tornadoes since 1950. Though the tornadoes only lasted a one day, the damage for some and heartbreak caused to many is sure to last a lifetime.

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