Damage assessments have begun in the wake of FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s powerful storm system that brought a massive outbreak of tornadoes across the Midwest and South and left 39 dead.
So far, the National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed 42 tornadoes from Friday: Indiana Ã¢â‚¬“ 3; Virginia Ã¢â‚¬“ 1; North Carolina Ã¢â‚¬“ 2; Ohio Ã¢â‚¬“ 5; West Virginia Ã¢â‚¬“ 2; Kentucky Ã¢â‚¬“ 8; Tennessee Ã¢â‚¬“ 8; Alabama Ã¢â‚¬“ 7; Mississippi Ã¢â‚¬“ 1; Georgia Ã¢â‚¬“ 5.
Dr. Masters notes that these preliminary reports are typically over counted by 15 percent and predicts the total number of tornadoes from FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s outbreak will probably finish in the 90 to 100 range.
The severe weather also brought damaging winds and hail.
FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s outbreak follows a separate storm system earlier in the week that spawned several tornadoes in the Midwest. The severe weather 28/29 February caused widespread property damage and left at least 12 dead.
The Insurance Information InstituteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s facts and statistics are a useful resource on the insurance implications of tornadoes.
See an animation of FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s developing severe weather system via NOAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s GOES-13 satellite below: