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This year has already been incredibly active for severe weather, with 833 preliminary tornado reports recorded in the U.S. as of May 20, according to the NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. This is notably higher than the historical average of 626 twisters in the same period over the last 15 years. Of the 833 tornadoes in 2024, the NOAA states 46 of them were possible EF2s or higher.

The majority of this year's tornadoes have touched down in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Texas. Ohio – which is east of the traditional tornado alley – has also experienced a surge of twisters, with 66 preliminary reported in 2024 so far.

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Brittney Meredith-Miller

Brittney Meredith-Miller is assistant editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. She can be reached at [email protected].