Below is the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center’s map of preliminary (not yet verified) reports of high winds, hail, and tornadoes in the continental United States on April 3, 2014 (as of 8:59 EDT, or 1349Z/Greenwich Mean Time, on 4/4/14). (No reports came in from Virginia.) The 4/3/14 storm-report map and text of reports are available online at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/130613_rpts.html, and at that site you can also access the Center’s archive of maps and report lists for previous days going back several years.
The severe weather of April 3 this year came on the 40th anniversary of a massive tornado outbreak of April 3-4, 1974. That event brought 148 tornadoes to 13 states from Missouri to the Carolinas and resulted in 330 deaths, over 5000 injuries, and $600 million in property damage. A detailed account of the April 1974 tornado outbreak is available from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) , online at http://cocorahs.blogspot.com/2014/04/40th-anniversary-of-april-3-4-1974.html.