How the ‘deadly December tornado’ carved a 250-mile path through 4 states

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Damage from the tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest overnight Friday (Dec. 10) is still being assessed, but the violent storms will go down in history as some of the deadliest and longest-lasting, according to meteorologists. 

More than 30 tornadoes were reported across six states overnight — Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee — the National Weather Service tweeted, with one of those tornadoes (or perhaps a cluster) chiseling out a path of destruction about 250 miles (400 kilometers) long, The Washington Post reported. If that destructive storm was in fact a single entity, it will become the longest path of a single tornado in U.S. history, as well as the first so-called quad-tornado, meaning it swept through four states — northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, northwest Tennessee and western Kentucky, the Post said.


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