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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:00 AM CDT on May 03, 2016

... 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.A staggering 70 tornadoes were reported that
day... of which 58 occurred in oklahoma; among them was
the most powerful tornado in history. The most violent
in Kansas was the F4 variant that barreled through
Haysville and south Wichita. Possessing a track 14 miles
long and around one half mile wide... the powerful vortex
killed 6... injured 150... and caused around $140 million
damage. In Oklahoma... the most infamous was the immense
F5 that tore through Moore... a south Oklahoma City
suburb. Possessing a track 32 miles long and three
fourths to 1 mile wide... 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... the most violent winds ever
recorded on Earth. This placed the tornado on the
threshold of becoming the first twister to achieve an f6
rating. Not surprisingly... the destruction was
mind-boggling.The most stupefying occurred when around
10 homes... of which 4 were adjacent to each
other... vanished.

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