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Factbox - Deadliest tornado days in U.S. history

(Reuters) - More than 250 people were killed in seven southern U.S. states in one of the deadliest series of tornadoes to hit the United States in recent decades, officials said on Thursday.

Most of the deaths occurred on Wednesday. Here is a look at the deadliest tornado days in U.S. history:

1) March 18, 1925 - 747 people killed after tornadoes hit the U.S. Midwestern states of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

2) March 21, 1932 - 332 killed, most of them in Alabama, following a wave of tornadoes across the southeastern United States.

3) May 17, 1840 - 317 died, nearly all of them in the city of Natchez, Mississippi, after tornadoes hit Louisiana and Mississippi.

4) April 3, 1974 - 310 killed in what is known as the “Super Outbreak” when 148 tornadoes rampaged across at least 13 U.S. states over a 24-hour period.

5) May 27, 1896 - 305 died after tornadoes hit Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.

6) April 11, 1965 - 260 killed in the “Palm Sunday” tornado outbreak when twisters swept across Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

7) April 5, 1936 - 249 died, most them in Tupelo, Mississippi, following an outbreak of tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

8) April 20, 1920 - 224 killed in Mississippi and Alabama.

9) April 24, 1908 - 224 died in tornado outbreak that hit Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

10) April 6, 1936 - 205 killed, nearly all of them in Gainesville, Georgia. It was the last time a single tornado killed more than 200 people in the United States.

(Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory)

Reporting by Kevin Gray; editing by Pascal Fletcher