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Severe weather threat in the U.S. sparks memories of a deadly outbreak 40 years ago

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11:52 AM -

A severe weather outbreak with the threat for tornadoes looms for parts of the U.S. through Friday.

"True to form for early April," says weather.com.

This storm also has the potential to bring heavy snow to northern Ontario and moderate rain to southern Ontario with the risk of scattered thunderstorm activity in southwestern Ontario.

"Throughout the day Friday from Windsor to Kitchener-Waterloo region and through to the Niagara region, there's an isolated risk of scattered thunderstorms embedded within the rain," says Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese. "The risk for severe storms should remain state-side."

1974 SUPER TORNADO OUTBREAK

Thursday's severe weather risk may be sparking some frightful memories of a deadly tornado outbreak that swept through the U.S. and southern Ontario 40 years ago.

It was the largest 24 hour tornado outbreak in history.

Between April 3-4 in 1974, there were over 148 confirmed tornadoes in 13 U.S. states.

Hundreds of communities were hit including Windsor, Ontario where an F3 tornado touched down and nine people were killed.

In total, there were more than 300 deaths and 6,000 injuries.

"After this super outbreak 40 years ago, several important advances in both science and public awareness of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes were spurred," adds weather.com

The outbreak prompted big changes in things like school safety awareness, warning sirens, improved radar and instant warnings now available through apps and social media.

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