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Severe weather in US: Wildest week yet

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Posted at 2:02 PM, May 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-12 15:20:04-04

Finally. A chance to breathe easy.

Since last Tuesday, May 5, it has been day after day of severe weather as Mother Nature threw everything she had at us.

Over the last week, there were 168 tornado reports, 356 reports of large hail and 491 wind damage reports.

Over the last week, a number of people died and even more were injured. It wasn't just tornadoes either. Wind and even flooding were involved.

This severe weather outbreak is the first major outbreak of the year and the biggest outbreak the United States has seen since the middle of June last year.

While this past week gave a big bump to all the severe weather statistics, we're still running behind for the year. The tornado count alone is still running below the 25th percentile.

While we're running behind for now, there's still plenty more to the severe weather season. The tornado threat continues to increase each day before peaking in the first weeks of June.

Severe storms can pop up in a moment’s notice, and the Storm Shield App alerts users of any severe weather warnings as soon as they're issued for their exact location, giving you and your family time to seek shelter.

Lightning, however, doesn't make a storm severe, but it can be just as dangerous. It can also cancel all kinds of outdoor activities. If you're wondering if your kids will have their soccer or baseball games this spring, try the Lightning Cast App.