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EF5 TORNADO OKLAHOMA CITY AND MOORE, OKLAHOMA ON MAY 3RD, 1999
A parent supercell thunderstorm that began around 3:30 p.m. in Tillman County, Oklahoma, and lasted around 3 1/2 hours produced 14 tornadoes — one of which was the EF5 tornado that struck Moore and Oklahoma City.
After tracking near parts of Amber and Newcastle, the tornado reached southern Oklahoma City, where it damaged and flattened homes across a widespread area. The storm then entered Moore, cutting a swath of damage measuring one-half to three-quarters of a mile wide. As it moved through the area, the storm continued to wreak havoc on residential areas. The tornado then traveled northeast into Oklahoma City, where it damaged an industrial district and turned northward to inflict destruction on a second industrial district before entering some of the city’s residential neighborhoods.
At one point, the tornado lifted a freight car, weighing around 18 tons, and blew it three-quarters of a mile across an open field. The car left gouge marks every 50 to 100 yards, indicating that it was airborne during parts of its journey.
Tornado's Damage to the Economy
Tornado’s actual cost: $1,000,000,000
Cost adjusted to 2019 dollars: $1,543,847,720
In its wake, the tornado — which spanned up to three-quarters of a mile wide and reached wind speeds of 301 mph, according to the Weather Channel — left 675 injured and 40 dead. Per the National Weather Service, 1,800 homes were completely destroyed, and an additional 2,500 sustained damage. Some of the homes were completely swept off their foundations, leaving only a concrete slab.