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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Researchers say 'Tornado Alley' growing wider

With outbreaks like April 27th, researchers say Alabama should be thrown into Tornado Alley and called "Tornado Field." With outbreaks like April 27th, researchers say Alabama should be thrown into Tornado Alley and called "Tornado Field."

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - People in the Tennessee Valley know all too well what damage and devastation a tornado can bring, especially the record number we saw on April 27th last year.

With outbreaks like that, researchers say it's time to throw the state of Alabama into "Tornado Alley" and call it "Tornado Field."

The entire state falls into very high or extreme risk categories for tornadoes.

A new report by Corelogic, a California-based research firm, shows tornadoes are striking more parts of the U.S. and more often.

"Tornado Alley," a phrase coined 40 years ago, typically includes the plain states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Now researchers think it should expand to include much of the Midwest and Deep South.

Tornadoes and the storms that generate them account for more than half of insured catastrophic losses in the U.S. each year.

Advances in forecasting, with the help of Doppler radar, is what's driving researchers to want to change the term.

"In March, April and May we do run the risk of seeing more violent, deadly tornado outbreaks so whatever you want to call it to make people more aware to be more prepared ahead of the storms ahead of these events, we're certainly ok with that," said Dave Nadler with The National Weather Service.

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