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Severe Weather in Arkansas (Tornadoes/Deaths Since 1950)
 
The following graphics show tornadoes and tornado deaths in Arkansas since 1950. For a text version, click here.

 

Number of tornadoes from 1950 through 2020.
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Number of tornado deaths from 1950 through 2020.
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In 2020, there were 45 tornadoes and no tornado related fatalities. The busiest month was January with 11 tornadoes. The strongest tornado (rated EF3/maximum winds around 140 mph) tracked just under 13 miles through the south/east side of Jonesboro (Craighead County) on March 28th. This was the strongest tornado in the state since April 27, 2014.