Many tornadoes occurring in the south is not uncommon

The tornadoes occurred during the night, which likely contributed to the fatalities

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – This time of year we don’t usually think too much about tornadoes.

On Tuesday and Wednesday. more than a dozen tornadoes touched down in the South. The tornadoes killed 5 people and caused devastation in parts of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

While we don’t usually expect to hear about tornadoes this time of year it isn’t that uncommon for them to occur in that that part of the country. According to the Storm Prediction Center there is about a .10 to .40 percent probability of tornadoes in the south in early December.

Leo Olbrych of Chicopee told 22News, “That’s definitely terrifying knowing that all that stuff has been going on and my thoughts and prayers go out to all those families who lost a lot of people out there.”

The tornadoes also occurred during the night which likely contributed to the fatalities. And despite this being considered the “cool season” there is an increase in the number of tornadoes that occur during the month of November. One of the latest tornadoes to occur in our area was the Windsor Locks Tornado on October 3, 1979.

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