1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado

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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).[1] It killed at least 36 people and hurt 583 others.[2] It caused $1 billion in damage.[3] The tornado's strength led to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in Norman issuing the first-ever tornado emergency.[4] In 2013, Moore was again hit by an EF5 tornado, but less people were killed even though there was more damage.

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  1. "Doppler On Wheels". Center for Severe Weather Research. 2010. http://cswr.org/dow/DOW.htm.
  2. "The Great Plains Tornado Outbreak of May 3-4, 1999 Storm A Information". National Weather Service Office in Norman, Oklahoma. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. May 22, 2013. http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=events-19990503-storma.
  3. Storm Prediction Center (2007). "The 10 Costliest U.S. Tornadoes since 1950". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/damage$.htm.
  4. "South Oklahoma Metro Tornado Emergency". National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma. May 3, 1999. http://www.srh.noaa.gov/images/oun/wxevents/19990503/tornadoemergency.png.

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