National Weather Service offices across Texas were busy issuing Tornado Warnings on Monday as a severe weather outbreak got underway in the eastern half of the state.
In total, 56 Tornado Warnings were issued in the Lone Stare State through midnight, followed by a few additional warnings overnight as the storms continued to track eastward into Tuesday morning.
According to Jake Carstens, a meteorologist who's working on his Ph.D. at Florida State University, only one other day on record had more Tornado Warnings issued in Texas than Monday.
On Aug. 27, 2017, during Hurricane Harvey, 84 Tornado Warnings were issued by NWS offices across Texas.
"In other words: NWS forecasters worked their tails off," Carstens said in a tweet Tuesday morning. "Quite the prolific day, especially given the time of year."
Texas is by far America's most active state for tornadoes, averaging 151 twisters each year. In a distant second place is Kansas, with an annual average of 91 tornadoes.
This severe weather outbreak had triggered 67 Tornado Warnings across the eastern half of Texas and southern Oklahoma as of 8 a.m. Central time Tuesday morning.
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center received 20 initial reports of tornadoes on Monday and Monday night, most of which were in Texas, but the number of confirmed tornadoes won't be known until NWS meteorologists are able to assess the damage in the days ahead.