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Deadliest tornado season since 1953

Posted On Tue, May 24, 2011

Mother Nature continues to show how devastating it can be for homeowners, as a tornado plowed through parts of Missouri over the weekend, leaving a devastating trail of destruction and loss of life.

As of May 24, at least 117 people were believed to have died in the town of Joplin alone and officials believe the death toll may rise. Even if it doesn't, however, it's the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since 1953, when a twister struck Flint, Michigan, killing 116 people, according to the National Weather Service.

It hasn't yet been determined how strong the tornado was, but reports that its being classified tentatively as an EF-4, which means winds may have reached between 190 and 198 miles per hour. says the tornado's strength may be bumped up to an EF-5 if survey teams determine the winds reached in excess of 200 mph.

It's already been an active tornado season, which generally runs between late March and through the month of July. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports approximately 1,100 have touched down nationwide this year.

The Insurance Information Institute indicates several home insurance company representatives have been sent to Joplin to assist in the recovery effort.

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