The U.S. has been hit by 500 tornadoes in the past 30 days, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center. The spate of extreme storms, described as extraordinary by the center’s meteorologists, has left a trail of death and destruction across swathes of the United States — from New Mexico to New York.

Bill Bunting, the center’s chief of forecast operations, told Bloomberg on Wednesday that only four other 30-day periods in the official record — in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011 — saw an excess of 500 tornado reports.

“Whether or not we can say it was unprecedented, we will figure out later, but it certainly has been unusual,” Bunting said. “It is unusual to have this kind of streak going.”

Patrick Marsh, another meteorologist at the center, noted that the most recent 500-number is still a preliminary figure and represented the number of tornadoes that have been observed by eyewitnesses over the past 30 days. The record will take months to confirm, Bloomberg said.

Just how "active" have the last 30 days been for tornadoes? We're currently sitting at 500 filtered *eyewitness tornado reports* during this time period.Only four periods in the official database ever exceed 500 *observed* tornadoes in 30 days: 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2011.

— Patrick Marsh (@pmarshwx) May 28, 2019

Wednesday marked the 14th consecutive day in which tornado sirens sounded in several states.

There have been at least seven storm-related fatalities in the past week alone, according to The New York Times. Dozens of injuries and widespread property damage have also been reported as heavy rains, powerful winds and hail have battered towns and cities, threatening the lives and safety of tens of millions of Americans.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that at least 130 people had sustained injuries in Indiana and Ohio following powerful storms there.

Kathleen Wood Howe, a 62-year-old grandmother who’s lived in Ohio for more than 23 years, told Time that the storm that ravaged the town of Kettering, outside Dayton, on Monday was the worst she’d ever experienced.

“It was a horrible night,” she said.

Fortunately, meteorologists say a respite from the devastating storm streak may be around the corner.

Weather conditions are expected to improve Thursday and into the weekend, The Times reported. Flooding, however, remains a major risk in some states.

Scroll down to see some of the storms that have ravaged the country this past week ― and some of the damage they’ve caused.

A drone catches the moment a tornado moved across Van Zandt county. See much more of this incredible video here ➡️

— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) May 30, 2019

AERIAL VIEW OF TORNADO DAMAGE IN DAYTON:Widespread damage in Northridge, just north of downtown Dayton. Latest >>

— WLWT (@WLWT) May 28, 2019

Incredible close range footage of a tornado causing damage in Canton, Texas on Wednesday!#TXwx #Texasweather

— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 30, 2019

#Tornado in #Canton along highway 198 moving Northeast. @FOX4 @NBCDFW @CBSDFW @wfaa

— Jesse Carr (@jessedcarr) May 29, 2019

Wild, intense video shared to me by a man in the Valley Ponds development as he says a #tornado approached his home. Hear his story tonight on @69News at 10 & 10:30.

— Tom Rader (@TomRaderTV) May 29, 2019

Hail storm hits Lehigh County. Share your photos and videos throughout the evening using #6ABCAction.Accuweather forecast ➡️

— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) May 29, 2019

This drone footage was just released on @CNN showing the damage in #Celina. #tornado

— Meg Shaw (@MegDShaw) May 28, 2019

BREAKING: Video from @41actionnews helicopter in the Lawrence, Kansas, area shows catastrophic damage, with some homes and other structures obliterated, after large tornado moved through the area.

— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 29, 2019

Incredible video of the tornado that occurred near Mabank, Texas earlier this evening. Video from Keith Kile! #txwx #stormhour @NWSFortWorth @RickMitchellWX

— Vortex Crew (@VortexChasing) May 29, 2019

Major damage to many homes and at least one business from a tornado just north of Jay, OK. This dog was in shock but I checked and appeared to be ok. @weatherchannel #OKwx #tornado @NWStulsa

— Charles Peek (@CharlesPeekWX) May 23, 2019

Tornado warned storm as it arrived in Doylestown Pa. tree and power line damage. Lots of emergency vehicles moving around afterwards.

— Mike Stanislaw (@mikestanislaw) May 29, 2019

Roads and cars were submerged in water as extreme flooding was reported along the Arkansas River in Fort Smith, Arkansas, leading to evacuations and water rescues.

— ABC News (@ABC) May 29, 2019

Aerial video from PuCo Sheriff's Office (Justin Kirk) of flooding along #ArkansasRiver near Two Rivers Park. Many homes flooded in this area #arwx

— Barry Brandt (@KATVBarry) May 30, 2019

Members of the Lawrence High School football team are out helping to clear up tornado damage in their community. #kswx

— Tammy Ljungblad (@kctammy2009) May 29, 2019

Why we preach traveling during a Tornado Watch is dangerous. This is not a place you want to be caught in during a Tornado. From our KMBC Photog Caleb Smith in Linwood, KS. @kmbc @spann @Ginger_Zee @StormHour #mowx #kswx

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