Alabama tops nation for EF-5 tornadoes

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Federal weather officials say Alabama now tops the list for the most top-category tornadoes since 1950.
The National Weather Service has upgraded an April 27 tornado in DeKalb County from EF-4 to an EF-5 category to give the state seven EF-5 tornadoes since 1950. That's when the Weather Service began keeping such records.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center says Alabama had been tied with Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas with six EF-5 tornadoes.
An EF-5 tornado struck the Rainsville and Sylvania area and another touched down in the Hackleburg and Phil Campbell area on April 27.
An EF-5 tornado, which is the most powerful on the Enhanced Fuji scale, has winds of more than 200 mph.


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