January has been an unusually violent month for tornadoes in the U.S.: 70 twisters have been reported. And more could be on the way.
The total this month is the third-highest in January since accurate tornado records began in 1950, said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. Since 1950, only January 1999 (with 212) and January 2008 (with 84) saw more tornadoes.
The twisters killed two people this month, both in Alabama. The last time there were tornado-related deaths in January was in 2008, when seven people died, Carbin said. The deadliest January on record was in 1969, when 32 people were killed by tornadoes.