Report: Late April Tornadoes Affected 7K Properties with Reconstruction Cost of $2.1B

May 1, 2024

The tornadoes that swept through the Great Plains on April 26 and 27 damaged and destroyed roughly 7,000 homes and businesses with a combined reconstruction cost of $2.1 billion, according to an estimate released this week.

Multiple severe convective storms crossed the Great Plains, created by a strong, low-pressure system that created the “meteorological ingredients to create multiple, violent supercells,” spinning off tornadoes across Oklahoma, nearby Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, and in southwest Iowa, according to a CoreLogic analysis.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Storm Prediction Center lists 127 tornado reports across the U.S. from April 26 through April 27 – five EF-3 tornadoes and two EF-2 tornadoes in Nebraska and Iowa, and an EF-4 in Oklahoma.

“CoreLogic estimated that tornadoes across Nebraska, Iowa, and Oklahoma may have damaged1 7,229 single- and multifamily residential properties across the country from April 26 to 27,” the report states. “The combined reconstruction cost of the 7,229 residential properties is $2.1 billion.”

Top photo: This image taken from video provided by KOCO shows damage caused by a tornado in Sulphur, Okla., Sunday, April 28, 2024. (KOCO via AP).

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