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A crew of residents gather to clean the debris from a convenience store Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Rosalie, Ala., the day after a reported tornado struck. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Bloomberg) – Tornadoes kill more people when they occur in “outbreaks,” storm systems that spin out more than a half dozen or so funnels in a limited time and area. Such twisters killed 49 people in 2015, and almost 80 percent of tornado fatalities from 1972 to 2010 occurred during outbreaks. 


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