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Early May, 2018 tornado outbreak sequence
Date of tornado outbreak: May 2 - 7, 2018
Duration1: 5 days
Maximum rated tornado2: EF5 tornado
Tornadoes caused: 218
Total Damages: {{{total damages (USD)}}}
Total Fatalities: 53
Areas Affected: Much of the Gulf Coast and Central states

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale


Synopsis

Confirmed
Total
Confirmed
EF0
Confirmed
EF1
Confirmed
EF2
Confirmed
EF3
Confirmed
EF4
Confirmed
EF5
218/18 89/15 65/11 39/5 17/2 6 2


On May 1, a dryline and triple point developed over the Rockies, and the next day, the NWS SPC issued an Enhanced Risk for severe weather, including isolated tornadoes, and several tornadoes, including 4 EF2's, touched down. The following day, a High Risk for severe weather was issued, and this time, 2 large and violent EF4 tornadoes touched down, causing extensive damage and loss of life in the process. On May 4 and 5, the SPC issued a High Risk for severe weather, and on those 2 days, 4 EF4s and 2 EF5s touched down, causing the issuance of tornado emergencies in every case. On May 6 and 7, another High Risk for severe weather was issued, including the possibility of large, long lived tornadoes. In total, 53 people died, and $3 billion was done in damages.

Notable tornadoes

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