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Record number of tornadoes in April

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's official! April 2011 set a new record for the number of tornadoes in Mississippi.

There have been a total of 77 tornadoes in Mississippi this year, with 63 of the 77 occurring in the month of April.

This set a new record for tornadoes for the month of April. The previous record was 26 tornadoes. This was set in April 2005.

The April 2011 tornadoes also set a record number of tornadoes for any month. The previous monthly record was 44, also set in set in 2005, due to the large number of tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Rita in September.

Of the 63 tornadoes in April 2011, 25 of them were rated as strong to violent, or EF-2 to EF-5.

Nationwide, preliminary reports suggest as many as 875 tornadoes may have formed during the month of April. That data won't be confirmed to later this year.

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