Plains, South Tornado Outbreak Recap: April 27-29, 2014 (INTERACTIVE)

By Jon Erdman
Published: May 7, 2014

Charles Milam sits on a downed tree in front of what is left of his home where on Monday, April 28, 2014, he was injured by flying debris as he rode out a tornado in Tupelo, Mississippi. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Severe weather expert, Dr. Greg Forbes, estimates 75 confirmed tornadoes from Nebraska to North Carolina during the April 27-30, 2014 outbreak. This is the largest tornado outbreak in the U.S. since the Nov. 17, 2013 Midwest outbreak

Included in this count were a pair of EF4 tornadoes (Vilonia, Arkansas, and Louisville, Mississippi) and seven tornadoes rated EF3.

This same storm system also triggered massive flash flooding along parts of the Gulf Coast and heavy rain in parts of the East, which triggered a massive landslide in Baltimore.

You can see all the preliminary tornado reports in our interactive map below. Simply click on each report for details.

(MORE: State-by-State Wrap | Photos)

Below the interactive map, we have a day-by-day break down with radar histories and details of each day's most destructive tornadoes.

Sunday April 27: Radar summary (with tornado reports)

April 27, 2014 Tornadoes

Radar history with tornado reports (red circles) from Sunday April 27, 2014 through early Monday morning, April 28, 2014.

Tornado Notables:

  • Mayflower/Vilonia/El Paso, Arkansas: Confirmed EF4 damage; path length 41.3 miles; maximum path width 1320 yards; estimated peak wind speeds 180 - 190 mph; 16 dead. (MORE: NWS Warnings Saved Lives in Arkansas)
  • Sadly, this was the deadliest Arkansas tornado since May 15, 1968. (MORE: NWS-Little Rock explains why it wasn't an EF5)
  • Baxter Springs, Kansas: EF2 damage with peak estimated winds up to 130 mph; 150-yard wide maximum width
  • Quapaw, Oklahoma: EF2 damage with peak estimated winds up to 130 mph; 325-yard wide maximum width; same tornado as Baxter Springs
  • Estimated tornado count: 20


Monday April 28: Radar summary (with tornado reports)

April 28, 2014 Tornadoes

Radar history with tornado reports (red circles) from Monday, April 28, 2014 through early Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014.

Tornado Notables:

  • Tupelo, Mississippi: Rated EF3; peak estimated wind speed 150 mph; path length at least 24 miles over 26 minutes; aerial survey either Wed. or Thu.
  • Louisville, Mississippi: Rated EF4; peak estimated wind speed 185 mph, path length 35.5 miles over 56 minutes; maximum width 0.75 mile; 9 dead; hospital heavily damaged
  • Pearl/Richland, Mississippi: At least EF3 damage; one confirmed death; survey continues
  • Utica, Mississippi: Rated EF1, peak estimated wind speed 105 mph, path length 10.9 miles, maximum width 300 yards.
  • Lincoln County, Tennessee: Rated EF3 near Hazel Green; peak wind speed 160 mph, path length 15.7 miles over 24 minutes. Homes "gone" near Crystal Springs; South Lincoln School roof torn off; 2 dead; a second EF2 tornado was confirmed near Flintville.
  • Limestone County, Alabama: Rated EF3 near Rogersville; peak estimated wind speed 140 mph, path length 15.7 miles over 27 minutes; 2 dead, another 30 injured
  • Dekalb County, Alabama: Homes heavily damaged or destroyed near Rodentown
  • Far south and east sides of Tuscaloosa, Alabama: UA Swimmer Killed
  • Jefferson County, Alabama: EF1 damage in Kimberly with peak estimated winds up to 100 mph; EF2 damage in Graysville with peak estimated winds to 115 mph; EF2 damage in Bessemer with peak estimated winds up to 120 mph; Frank House Municipal Golf Course clubhouse was destroyed; path length 4.9 miles; maximum width 600 yards
  • Troup County, Georgia: EF2 damage with peak estimated winds up to 130 mph; 150-yard wide maximum width
  • Whitfield County, Georgia: EF1 damage with peak estimated winds up to 97 mph; path length 3.4 miles, 100-yard wide maximum width; collapsed a chicken coop killing 16,000 chickens.
  • Estimated tornado count: 66


Tuesday April 29: Radar summary (with tornado reports)

April 29, 2014 Tornadoes

Radar history with tornado reports (red circles) on Tuesday April 29, 2014 in eastern North Carolina.

Tornado Notables:

  • EF1 tornadoes confirmed near Stedman and Hobbton, North Carolina (peak winds ranging from 90-100 mph).
  • Cove City, North Carolina: Tornado reported by spotter; no damage
  • Near Shine, North Carolina: Tornado reported by local fire department; no damage
  • Estimated tornado count: 16 (Note: There were an additional two tornadoes confirmed in Florida early on Wednesday)


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