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2008: Year of the tornado


Waterloo (KWWL) -- 2008 is shaping up to be one of the worst years ever for tornadoes, and one of the deadliest.

Including an EF-5 tornado that tore through Parkersburg and New Hartford in May, killing 8 people. National Weather Service statistics show 2008 is shaping up to be a record setter for tornadoes like that one.

Just through July of this year, we've seen 1,390 tornadoes. That's already more than the last three years and is on pace to surpass the old record of 1,817 set in 2004.

Even more concerning -- the number of people killed in tornadoes has risen steadily since 2005. That year 38 people were killed in tornadoes compared to the 123 killed through September this year.

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