LIST: U.S. tornadoes that have caused more than $1 billion (inflation adjusted) in damage

A look at the costliest tornadoes in the United States since 1950 finds a short list of billion-dollar twisters.

Preliminary reports out of Moore, Okla., indicate damages may top $2 billion, which would place it within sights of the May 22, 2011 tornado that killed 158 people in Joplin, Mo.

With final costs not yet calculated, only two tornadoes have ever caused more than $1 billion in damage, at the time they happened.

But several others top the mark with inflation adjusted to 2011.

Here's a look at the 6 tornadoes since 1950 to cause more than $1 billion in damage (inflation adjusted to 2011):

1.    Joplin Mo. – May 22, 2011 - $2.8 billion
2.    Topeka, Kan. – June 8, 1966 – $1.735+ billion ($250 million) 
3.    Lubbock, TX – May 11, 1970 – $1.45+ billion ($250 million)
4.    Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 3, 1999 - $1.353+ billion ($1 billion)
5.    Xenia, Ohio – April 3, 1974 - $1.142+ billion ($250 million)
6.    Omaha, Neb. – May 6, 1975 - $1.049+ billion ($250.6 million)

Source: National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center

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