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March 11, 2010 — With the recent outbreak of tornadoes in the United States and March Break season here, we're taking a look back a similar stories that had people talking years ago.

Winter Storm for Eastern Canada: March 2008

Are you going away this March break? If so, your travel experience should be easier than it was two years ago.

Between March 7th and 8th, 2008, a massive storm moved across eastern Canada, dumping 15 centimetres of snow in Toronto, and more than 50 centimetres in places like Ottawa and St. Catharines, Ontario. Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal -- bad timing for those travelling on March Break. Up to 40 centimetres of snow fell in some areas of Quebec. In the Maritimes, the storm brought a dangerous mix of snow, rain and freezing rain.

Super Outbreak of Tornadoes: April 1974

The 'Super Outbreak' was the largest 24-hour tornado outbreak in history. Between April 3rd and April 4th, 1974, there were 148 confirmed tornadoes in 13 states. Hundreds of communities were hit. Among the very worst was Xenia, Ohio, where more than 30 people were killed and over 1,000 were injured. In Canada, an F3 tornado struck Windsor, killing nine people. In total, there were more than 330 deaths and more than 5,000 injuries.

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