Tornado outbreak of April 28-May 1, 2023
EF4 tornado in Winnfield, Louisiana on April 30.
Date of tornado outbreak: April 28-May 1, 2024
Duration1: 63 hours, 18 minutes
Maximum rated tornado2: EF5 tornado
Tornadoes caused: 144
Total Damages: $39.3 billion
Total Fatalities: 257

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see wikipedia:Enhanced Fujita Scale

The April 28-May 1, 2023 tornado outbreak was a significant storm complex that impacted the Southern Plains states in late April, 2023 and produced the deadliest tornado outbreak in recorded history. The states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kansas were impacted, with most tornadoes touching down between Austin, Texas and Oklahoma City. The EF5 tornado which impacted northeastern Texas in the evening of April 30 would prove to be the deadliest individual tornado in the United States since the Tupelo, Mississippi tornado of April 5, 1936. A high-end EF4 tornado was responsible for an additional 20 fatalities in Alexandria, Louisiana on May 1.


Notable tornadoes

Arlington/Dallas, Texas

EF5 tornado (NWS)
Duration 1607 CDT – 1754 CDT
Intensity 455 km/h (280 mph) (1-min)

Alexandria, Louisiana

EF4 tornado (NWS)
Duration 1849 CDT – 2014 CDT
Intensity 315 km/h (195 mph) (1-min)

Tonkawa, Oklahoma

EF4 tornado (NWS)
Tornado 1341.jpg
Duration 1707 CDT – 1759 CDT
Intensity 285 km/h (180 mph) (1-min)

Winnfield, Louisiana

EF4 tornado (NWS)
Duration 1644 CDT – 1720 CDT
Intensity 295 km/h (185 mph) (1-min)

South Haven, Kansas

EF3 tornado (NWS)
Tornado 1355.jpg
Duration 1543 CDT – 1605 CDT
Intensity 240 km/h (150 mph) (1-min)

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