Remembering Oklahoma's Largest Tornado Outbreak

There are certain dates that can simply stand alone. When you mention them, people know exactly what
you are referencing. Here in Texoma, April 10, 1979 will forever be known as Terrible Tuesday - the day
when powerful tornadoes carved a path of destruction through several Texoma towns and cities.

But just a few miles north of the Red River, that date is May 3, 1999. On this date, 16 years ago,
Oklahoma experienced its largest tornado outbreak on record. According to National Weather Service
(NWS) records, 63 tornadoes touched down across the Sooner state. One of which was rated an F-5
that tore through the city of Moore. 40 people were killed in Oklahoma with nearly 700 injured.

The Moore, OK F-5 also prompted the NWS in Norman to issue the first "Tornado Emergency."
It was issued to create heightened awareness of the imminent danger that thousands of people faced
as the mile-wide tornado barreled towards them.

The NWS office in Norman has compiled web site with tons of information about the outbreak - including
tornado and damage photos, radar and satellite loops, and maps of tornado tracks.
Check it out here.

Meteorologist Eric Jeansonne

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