Moore tornado history: City south of Oklahoma City as had 18 tornadoes since 1893, two were EF5

MOORE, Okla. - This city is no stranger to tornadoes.

It's encountered 18 of them between 1893 and 2013, two of which were rated as EF-5.

BEFORE AND AFTER: Satellite imagery shows what Moore looked like before and after the 2013 tornado

According to the National Weather Service, the first documented tornado to hit in or near Moore was on April 25, 1893. The twister touched down around 6:30 p.m. and had a path of 45 miles southwest of Moore and left 31 dead. It doesn't have a rank on the Fujita scale.

The first tornado to hit Moore was April 28, 1960. The F2 touched down just after 9 p.m. It was on the ground four miles with a width of 400 yards. No one was killed, but six people were injured.

Four days before Thanksgiving in 1973, a 24-mile long F3 tornado hit Blanchard, Moore, Del City and Southeast Oklahoma City. Five people were killed and another 46 were injured.

The deadliest storm to hit Moore was on May 3, 1999. This F5 monster left a path of destruction 38 miles long. Thirty-six were killed and 583 were injured as the tornado hit six towns, including Moore.

Nearly four years to the day later on May 8, 2003, an F4 tornado hit. No one was killed but 134 people were injured.

Two people were killed when an EF-4 hit on May 10, 2010.

Last year's EF-5 touched down with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour leaving 25 dead and more than 200 injured.

F5 and EF5 tornadoes to hit Oklahoma in the past 60 years include:

May 25, 1955 - Blackwell, 20 dead

May 5, 1960 - Prague, 5 dead

May 3, 1999 - Moore, 36 dead

May 24, 2011 - El Reno, 9 dead

May 20, 2013 - Moore, 25 dead

RELATED LINK: Historical data of tornadoes in or near Moore between 1875 and 2013

Print this article Back to Top

Comments