I don’t recall Arizona having tornados. In the area I grew up in the midwest we routinely had a couple of tornados per year. Once, when I was 7 or 8 years old, a powerful tornado ran through our town and left its mark. While I did not see destroyed homes our neighborhood was filled with trash and litter that the storm had thrown around. It did some damage to downtown buildings that I recall.
For those in tornado alley, such as Oklahoma, life is different during tornado season in the month of May.
On May 10, 2010 a total of 55 tornados swept through Oklahoma causing substantial property damage. Two of those were considered the dangeous EF4 variety, killing several and injuring dozens.
The Insurance Information Institue says that two of the most devastating losses in the United States, relating to property damage losses, were tornado related.
In April of 2011 two Alabama cities were hit by tornados and 65 people were left dead. Another story tore through Joplin Missouri killing 161. During a time period covering May 20-27 in 2011 about $7 billion in damage occured due to tornados. Nationwide it is estimated that insurance companies paid out about $25 billion in tornado claims during 2011.
We don’t often see these types of storms or claims in Arizona. The weather may be hot during the summertime but at least we don’t have tornados.
Are you considering moving out of state? Maybe check the following list. The following cities/towns carry the dubious distinction of being on the most expected-to-be-hit by a tornado list:
Little Rock, Ark.
Oklahoma City, Okla.