Tornado Terror in Oklahoma: May 3, 1999
A story in pictures

A one-mile-wide swirling suction machine at speeds upwards of 260 miles per hour. It was the worst possible scenario: an F5 tornado (the top of the scale) going through a metropolitan area. It couldn't be more tragic.

The atomospheric vacuum cleaner had a 7-mile-wide mezo-cyclone...one big muther of a cloud that spit out more than one tornado at a time. The biggest wedge shaped demon that it gave birth to sucked every house in it's path, a mile wide, and at a distance of tens of miles, gorging itself on neighborhoods and then vomiting them out miles away.

~The Tornadoes
~The Aftermath
~The Aftermath (II)
~Cars
~Search and Cleanup

~Detailed storm information and damage photos from NOAA

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