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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:00 AM CDT on May 03, 2015

... On this date in weather history...

In 1999... the Southern Plains tornado outbreak unleashed
an afternoon and evening of mayhem across central and
eastern Oklahoma... south central Kansas... and North
Texas.Around 70 tornadoes were reported that day... of
which 58 occurred in Oklahoma.The most violent in
Kansas was the F4 variant that tore through Haysville and
south Wichita.Possessing a track 14 miles long and
around one half mile wide... the vicious vortex killed
6... injured 150... and caused around $140 million damage.
In Oklahoma... the most infamous was the F5 monstrosity
that tore through Moore... a south Oklahoma City suburb.
Possessing a track 32 miles long and three fourths to 1
mile wide... what may be the most powerful tornado on
record killed 36... injured 583... and caused nearly $1.1
billion damage. It moved northeast and tracked nearly
parallel to Interstate 44. When it roared into Moore... a
portable Doppler measured rotational velocities reaching
318 mph just off the ground... which was on the threshold
of it becoming an f6 tornado. The damage was obviously
mind-boggling... but perhaps the most stupefying occurred
when around 10 homes... 4 of which were adjacent to each
other... vanished.

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