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25 deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history

9:04 PM, May 20, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - On day number two for tornadoes in Oklahoma, 9NEWS continues to gather information on the massive tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday.

According to disaster response teams there, first responders are having trouble getting to where they're needed because of traffic backups.

The destruction is extensive, including fires that may be the result of gas leaks.

Police are telling everyone inside and off the roads. So far, 9NEWS had learned that at least 24 people were killed in Monday's tornado. At least 9 of them are children.

Here is a list of the 25 deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

1. Tri-State (MO, IL, IN) - March 18, 1925 - 695 deaths
2. Natchez, MS - May 6, 1840 - 317 deaths
3. St. Louis, MO - May 27, 1896 - 255 deaths
4. Tupelo, MS - April 5, 1936 - 216 deaths
5. Gainesville, GA - April 6, 1936 - 203 deaths
6. Woodward, OK - April 9, 1947 - 181 deaths
7. Joplin, MO - May 22, 2011 - 158 deaths
8. Amite, LA, Purvis, MS - April 24, 1908 - 143 deaths
9. New Richmond, WI - June 12, 1899 - 117 deaths
10. Flint, MI - June 8, 1953 - 116 deaths
11. Waco, TX - May 11, 1953 - 114 deaths
12. Goliad, TX - May 18, 1902 - 114 deaths
13. Omaha, NE - March 23, 1913 - 103 deaths
14. Mattoon, IL - May 26, 1917 - 101 deaths
15. Shinnston, WV - June 23, 1944 - 100 deaths
16. Marshfield, MO - April 18, 1880 - 99 deaths
17. Gainesville, GA - June 1, 1903 - 98 deaths
18. Poplar Bluff, MO - May 9, 1927 - 98 deaths
19. Snyder, OK - May 10, 1905 - 97 deaths
20. Comanche, IA & Albany, IL - June 3, 1860 - 92 deaths
21. Natchez, MS - April 24, 1908 - 91 deaths
22. Worcester, MA - June 9, 1953 - 90 deaths
23. Starkville, MS to Waco, AL -April 20, 1920 - 88 deaths
24. Lorain & Sandusky, OH - June 28, 1924 - 85 deaths
25. Udall, KS - May 25, 1955 - 80 deaths

Four people have been killed by tornadoes in Colorado since 1960. This week marks five years since the Windsor tornado, which killed one person.

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