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Tornado totals won't break records this year

Considering Tornado Alley had one of its quietest Mays in recorded history this year, it should come as no surprise that tornado totals for 2009 will not rewrite the record books.

Through the end of September, there had been 1180 tornadoes reported in the United States. But only 850 actual tornadoes had been confirmed (as of the end of June), and 2009 appears poised to fall well below the three-year average of 1,297.

Kansas has a preliminary total of 87 tornadoes so far this year, though that number may well decrease as officials find multiple reports of the same tornado.

There have been 21 tornado fatalities this year – none in Kansas.