Tornado Watch

If you don’t think of the southeastern U.S. as prime tornado country, this weekend’s twisters that hit Atlanta and other parts of Georgia are a timely reminder of how deadly and destructive such events can be. In fact, tornadoes  account for  approximately 56 percent of all insured catastrophe losses in the U.S. in any given year. Tornadoes and related weather events caused more than $8 billion in insured losses in 2006, according to a recent A.M. Best study. A March 31, 1973 tornado in central and northern Georgia was the costliest tornado on record, with $5.21 billion in damage in 2007 dollars, according to the study. Although tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, the weather conditions that cause tornadoes are common in the southern states from March through May. Check out further I.I.I. facts & stats on tornadoes.  Ã‚  Ã‚  


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