1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado facts for kids
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|
|Damage||$1 billion (1999 USD)
$1.3 billion (2021 USD)
|Total fatalities||36 fatalities (+5 indirect),
|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 scalePart of the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak
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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