- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Weather officials say 19 tornadoes touched down in Tennessee last year, marking the state’s lowest total since 2007.

The National Weather Service said Saturday that one tornado struck the state in April and two touched down in May of 2015.

A record-setting nine tornadoes hit the state in July. According to the weather service, the highest number of tornadoes to strike Tennessee in July was four in 1980.

An outbreak in December produced seven tornadoes, the most ever in that month. There were two deaths from tornadoes in 2015, both in Perry County in December.

The number of twisters to hit the state was the lowest since 10 tornadoes touched down in 2007. Official record keeping of tornado statistics by the weather bureau began in 1916.

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