The Norman Transcript


June 16, 2013

Seeking shelter in the storm



According to, state authorities said 300 homes were destroyed and 1,500 damaged.

A second tornadic event that day swept near the town of Red Rock in Noble County, and an EF-3 tornado was reported in Osage County.

Several tornadoes moved across south central Oklahoma during the early morning hours of May 8. This event also was the first of two days in a row where the Oklahoma City metropolitan area was affected by tornadoes. Several tornadoes, including an EF-3 tornado, hit the northern parts of the metro area on May 9, 2003. More than a dozen tornadoes struck the U.S. each day from May 3-11, 2003, according to NOAA.


May 20, 2013

Shortly after May 20, many had noted the eerie similarities that the tornado had with the infamous May 1999 destruction.

“It’s just hard to believe something like this could happen again to Moore,” Gov. Mary Fallin said during a press conference the evening of May 20.

The results of the EF-5 tornado that reached winds in excess of 200 mph during its peak: Two dozen deaths, including 10 children, more than 300 were injured and $2 billion in damages has been estimated.

It is estimated that 200 first responders began working shortly after the Monday afternoon storm that touched down at 2:45 p.m. and ended at 3:35 p.m. The tornado left a 17-mile path.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency compiled the damage assessment data for storms that took place May 19-20. According to preliminary aerial assessments, the storm impacted 3,937 homes, businesses and non-residential buildings in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. Of those, 1,248 were destroyed, 452 sustained major damage, and 640 sustained minor damage.

The Moore Medical Center on I-35 was destroyed and patients were being transferred to Norman Regional’s two Norman campuses.

Interstate 35 was virtually shut down before 5 p.m. as traffic in both directions slowed to a crawl.

Completely destroyed in the twister were Plaza Towers, where seven students died, and Briarwood Elementary schools.

Clean-up efforts from tornados on May 19 and May 20 continue all across the county.


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