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20 years ago today, deadly tornado ripped through Moore

Severe Weather Tornado Science
Chris Stiles
Posted at 3:11 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 08:40:22-04

MOORE, Okla. — On May 3, 1999, an EF-5 tornado ripped through the town of Moore, Oklahoma, claiming the lives of 45 people.

Officials said the severe storms injured more than 600 people and caused more than $1.1 billion in damage.

The winds that day measured out to 302 mph, officials said.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory 74 tornadoes were recorded touching down in less than 21 hours that day in Oklahoma and Kansas.

The path of destruction the tornado stretched for 38 miles - from Chickasha through south Oklahoma City and was on the ground for nearly two hours, the NSSL site said.

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