The devastating tornado that swept through Oklahoma turned houses into matchsticks and sent parents and teachers running to pull children from the wreckage of an elementary school in the eye of the storm. At least 51 people were killed by the 200-mph storm and dozens of homes destroyed. The toll was expected to rise. Here is a list of the 10 deadliest tornadoes in the United States since 1900:
- 695 deaths: March 18, 1925, in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
- 216 deaths: April 5, 1936, in Tupelo, Miss.
At least 51 people were killed by the 200-mph storm and dozens of homes destroyed in Oklahoma.
- 203 deaths: April 6, 1936, in Gainesville, Ga.
- 181 deaths: April 9, 1947, in Woodward, Okla.
- 158 deaths: May 22, 2011, in Joplin, Mo.
- 143 deaths: April 24, 1908, in Amite, La., and Purvis, Miss.
- 116 deaths: June 8, 1953, in Flint, Mich.
- 114 deaths: May 11, 1953 in Waco, Texas.
- 114 deaths: May 18, 1902 in Goliad, Texas.
- 103 deaths: March 23, 1913, in Omaha, Neb.