Tornadoes and mobile homes don't mix.

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April 28 2011 5:41 PM

The Worst Place To Hide From a Twister

About half of those killed in tornadoes were in a mobile home.

More than 100 tornadoes tore across the South on Wednesday, leaving more than 200 people dead. To put the devastation in perspective, this one-day death toll, which is still being tallied, is more than the total number of people who died in tornadoes from 2008 through 2010, according to records kept by the National Weather Service.

The data for recent years is broken down by fatalities in buildings, mobile homes, vehicles, and those who were outdoors. Even though mobile homes make up less than 20 percent of all homes, even in rural areas, they have accounted for about half of all tornado fatalities in the past three years. The National Weather Service is still collecting data for this week's storms.

Tornado-related deaths, 2008-2011. Click the buttons to see data by circumstance.

Video: Watch storm chasers in Mississippi

Chris Wilson is a Slate contributor.

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