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11471999-05-0317:26:00 3 Oklahoma536583143037 Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Oklahoma$1000-35.13-97.8535.45-97.43
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General Comment  Tornado Video
2008-07-20 07:45:09
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JoshLietz
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One of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in recent memory.







Original source http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqRNZqRKVyo

 

Edited on 2008-07-20 18:48:24 by JoshLietz

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2009-03-09 22:04:19
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ellliotchale
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It's hard to say anything about this tornado because it is the most infamous in modern US history.

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2010-05-02 23:06:23
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efaubion
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From Newcastle until it hit SW 134th and Penn in southwest OKC I was a witness to this record breaking tornado.  I was an on duty OCPD police sergeant at the time and shot some footage with a city owned handheld camcorder which can be viewed on YouTube. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYdTLEBddPY

 

Edited on 2010-05-02 23:10:53 by efaubion

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2010-05-11 08:39:44
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Caroline
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F-5 over 1 mile wide, hit my house with us in it distroying everything and we survived at SW 52 by Tinker Airforce base south oklahoma city. Distroyed entire neighborhood, killing many neighbors. We survivied only by God's grace. As many did not take shelter due to alarms going off and ignoring siren's or couldn't hear them. Started with rain, dark, then large hail the size of golfballs right before hit. Happened very fast. Could not hear siren due to rain and wind being more louder. Was warned by phone call from son who was working in 1 mile away in del city grocery store. They heard alarms and went into meat freezer. My daughter and I went into hall with mattress on top of us. The sound was like a jet airline taking off. Heard power lines snapping above, ripping, cracking of house. The mattress shimmying with the wind. Like no air to breathe when it was on us, very hard to get any air for few seconds. Lasted about 3 to 4 minutes then sounds of breaking and things flying around stopped. Could still hear the wind and tornando for around 3 to 5 more minutes afraid it would return. Got out from under mattress and saw distruction. People's homes were all in wood boards, cars blown a mile away, someone's diswasher was in our yard. Gas lines leaked and a neighbor man came to cut off peoples gas with a pair of plyers so no fires started. Couldn't leave as the streets were no longer streets as full of boards, roofs, appliances, peoples belongings. Could write a book on the distruction as had to walk to find main road and many people were hurt, bleeding, crying for loved ones, asking for help to find family members trapped or disapeared while in the same house. Hit right before sun went down after work around dinner time so most people had just got home. No cell phones worked, no water, electric, no communication to outside world. Was not sure if my son had survived that was a mile away or he knew if we did. Got to main road to get out of neighborhood and police would not let anyone pass main road. Everyone was stuck, isolated and had no information. Took until midnight to find out son was alive as went to in laws home 20 miles outside of oklahoma city and he met us there. Was much like a war zone where bomb's go off, but no help as no one knew where to go. We were put up in hotel for 2 weeks until FEMA came out to inspect. Salvaged for a week and put things in storage until found a new place to live out of the state of Oklahoma. Will not live there ever again due to the tornado's.

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2011-02-26 15:48:20
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andrewkid100
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I lived in the Oklahoma City area and in 2003 there was an F3 that destroyed some houses ad left others spotless. Completely unrelated to May 3rd tornado. The F3 was the reason why I left.

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2012-12-30 20:30:47
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DLTL
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http://newsok.com/may3/maps 


 


has victims and pictures of them for our blessed memory 

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2016-06-29 12:13:40
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tornadostephen
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2016-06-29 12:16:16
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tornadostephen
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This was the strongest tornado ever recorded.  It had winds over 300 MPH!

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2016-06-29 13:33:50
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tornadostephen
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2018-05-21 07:21:46
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TornadoTurtle2006
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This tornado took the weirdest turn beside the May 31st El Reno tornado. if you look at the track, you can see the sudden northerly turn that it took. The track does go farther north into Del City though. I looked at the damage path and saw that it went into Del City as an EF1 or EF0 before dissipating.


 


 

 

Edited on 2018-09-25 10:04:09 by TornadoTurtle2006

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2018-12-14 15:58:13
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Nucleartornado
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Edited on 2018-12-14 15:58:41 by Nucleartornado

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