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Joplin tornado: Will it be one of the Top 5 costliest?

- Mary Helen MillerCorrespondent

Damaged cars and building in Xenia, Ohio, are shown in this 1974 file photo. The tornado that struck Xenia was part of a larger outbreak of tornadoes in multiple states. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Weather Service/File )

4. Xenia, Ohio, 1974 – $1.1 billion

Dozens of tornadoes touched down across Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky during the “1974 super outbreak.” The tornadoes caused 159 fatalities and injured 4,145 people on April 3 and 4. The worst of the tornadoes, which bulldozed Xenia, Ohio, killed more than 30 people and injured 1,100. The twister destroyed more than 1,000 homes in the area.


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