24-year anniversary of 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak
(KTEN) – May 3, 1999 is a day that many Oklahomans have not forgotten. Several supercells produced large and destructive tornadoes touched down in central Oklahoma and wreaked havoc through the late afternoon and evening.
More than 70 tornadoes were observed with some tornadoes occurring during the morning and early afternoon of May 4, 1999.
With this, the May 3-4, 1999 tornado outbreak remains the largest ever recorded in the Sooner State. Forty people in Oklahoma tragically lost their lives and another 675 people were injured. The total damage was estimated to be $1.2 billion.
The first ever Tornado Emergency was issued during the event. The alert was issued for the last ever F5 tornado to be rated on the original Fujita scale.
Damage in Bridge Creek and Norman, Oklahoma, allowed the National Weather Service to determine the F5 rating. The most notable damage observed was asphalt pavement about 1 inch thick being peeled away from a section of rural road EW125.