Comparing Tornado Paths
The image above shows the track of the May 3, 1999 F5 tornado compared to the May 20, 2013 EF4 tornado through Moore, Okla. and the May 8, 2003 tornado
The Moore, Okla. area is no stranger to devastating tornadoes.
On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado roared through the Bridge Creek and Moore areas to the south of Oklahoma City. This was the first F5 tornado on record to hit the Oklahoma City metro. The "Doppler on Wheels" research radar measured a wind speed of 301 mph about 100 feet above the ground in that mammoth tornado.
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This single tornado was responsible for $1 billion in damage and 36 fatalities. Three were killed seeking shelter under or near highway overpasses.
Just a few years later on May 8, 2003, Moore took another hit from a powerful F4 tornado. Miraculously, nobody was killed.
Monday's preliminary EF4 tornado took a very similar path to the others in Moore's recent history. In fact, the image above shows that the estimated paths of these tornadoes actually overlap at a several points.
Monday's tornado caused the most damage in southern sections of the Moore area while the 1999 tornado damaged the northwest and north side of the town the worst. The damage paths intersect each other just to the west of Moore.
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A tornado moves past homes in Moore, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)