(Bloomberg) -- Another wave of tornado-spawning thunderstorms is setto rip across the Great Plains and South this week, putting theU.S. within reach of a record year for life-threateningtwisters.

Severe storms will drench a swath of the country from Texas toMississippi over the next five days, according tothe U.S. Storm PredictionCenter.

Through Thursday, 369 tornadoes have been reported across thecountry, the most in five years and more than double the normalnumber of sightings.

$400 million in damage a year in U.S

An active jet stream and unusually balmy weather are to blame forthe burst of deadly tornado activity, the storm prediction centersaid. Strong winds have dragged storms into the warm, humid airthat’s blanketed the eastern half of the nation, creatingconditions ripe for a weather phenomenon that leads to at least$400 million in damage a year in the U.S.

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