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1999 Bridge Creek–Moore tornado
F5 tornado
Bridge Creek, OK tornado 1999-05-03.png
The tornado near peak intensity
Formed May 3, 1999, 6:23 p.m. CDT (UTC−05:00)
Duration 1 hour, 25 minutes
Dissipated May 3, 1999, 7:48 pm. CDT (UTC−05:00)
Max rating1 F5 tornado
Highest winds
  • 302 ± 22 mph (486 ± 35 km/h)
    (as measured by mobile Doppler radar)
Damage $1 billion (1999 USD)
$1.3 billion (2021 USD)
Total fatalities 36 fatalities (+5 indirect),
583 injuries
Areas affected Grady, McClain, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties in Oklahoma; with the worst impacts occurring in the towns/cities of Bridge Creek, Moore, Oklahoma City, Del City, and Midwest City

1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

Part of the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak
FEMA - 3733 - Photograph by Andrea Booher taken on 05-04-1999 in Oklahoma
Damage caused by the tornado.

The 1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado was a very violent F5 tornado that hit the Bridge Creek and Moore areas of Oklahoma on the evening of May 3, 1999. It had the highest wind speed ever recorded at 301 miles per hour (484 km/h). It killed at least 36 people and hurt 583 others. It caused $1 billion in damage. The tornado's strength led to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Norman issuing the first-ever tornado emergency. In 2013, Moore was again hit by an EF5 tornado, but fewer people were killed even though there was more damage.


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