A tornado northeast of Birmingham, near Arab, Ala., Wed. afternoon.
ATLANTA -- Wednesday's round of deadly and destructive storms helped to propel April 2011 into the record books.
This latest outbreak of severe weather has left at least 272 dead, making it one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks since the infamous Xenia, Ohio Super Outbreak that struck multiple states on April 3, 1974 in which 310 lost their lives.
The storms that ravaged the South on Wednesday and Wednesday evening may prove to be even more deadly since Emergency Management teams have yet to fully access the degree and extent of the damage and injuries.
Since April began close to 900 tornadoes have been reported across the country -- a staggering number, especially when you consider that the average number of tornadoes nationally for the entire month of April is 163.
Concern is now mounting about what the next few months may hold in store for us since April was so terribly active. Typically May and June do average more tornadoes than April, but the encouraging news is that weather data has not shown any direct correlation between April's volativity and what May and June may offer in terms of tornado formation.