Alabama Leads in Number of Strongest Tornadoes

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Alabama now holds the record for having the largest number of top-category tornadoes in more than 60 years, weather officials said.

The National Weather Service upgraded a tornado that hit Alabama in April to an EF-5, the strongest tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

That change puts the number of EF-5 tornadoes in Alabama at seven since 1950. EF-5 tornadoes have winds measured at more than 200 mph.

The reclassified twister was one of two EF-5 storms in a swarm of more than 60 tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27, killing 240 people.

Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas have seen six EF-5 tornadoes since 1950.

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