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United States : Tornado : 1999/05

Duration 1999/05
Country or District United States
Name Tornado
Outline Large and powerful tornadoes attacked Oklahoma City. The tornado was classified as an F5, the most powerful.This storms were the deadliest tornado outbreak since 90 people were killed in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario in May 1985. Dozens of people died and thousands of homes were destroyed.
Summary
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
Victims of tornadoes in the Midwest return to what is left of their homes as the death toll rises.(ABC News 1999/5/6)
Oklahoma: 38 people killed, more than 751 people injured
Kansas: 5 people killed, nearly 150 people injured
Tenessee: 3 people killed
Texas 1 person killed
Oklahoma:nearly 2,000 houses destroyed in Oklahoma City area alone
Kansas:at least 1,500 businesses and homes destroyed or heavily damaged

Tenessee: Nashville International Airport temporarily closed
The damage estimate has been placed at more than $225 million in Oklahoma and more than $140 million in Kansas, where 1,129 buildings were destroyed in Monday’s storms.
Storms Kill 44; Hundreds Injured, Homes Destroyed (ABC News 1999/5/5)
Oklahoma: 38 people killed
Kansas: 5 people killed
Texas 1 person killed
Oklahoma:nearly 2,000 houses destroyed in Oklahoma City area alone
Kansas:at least 1,500 businesses and homes destroyed or heavily damaged

Death Among the Debris (ABC News 1999/5/4)
Oklahoma:38 people killed
Kansas 5 people killed
Nearly 2,000 houses destroyed in Oklahoma City area alone.
Large and powerful tornadoes attacked Oklahoma city
Deaths Oklahoma 40 Kansas 5
Casualities Oklahoma sbout 700 Kansas 100
Thousands of homes were destoroyed. Cars, Natural gas and Power poles were also damaged.

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CNN NEWS 99/05/12
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FEMA Disasters Information on Federally Declared Disasters 99/05/13
Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Update

Oklahoma/Kansas Tornado Disaster Update (FEMA 1999/5/5)

Tornadoes move across Oklahoma and Kansas (FEMA 1999/5/4)

Tornado Death Toll Climbs Again (ABC News 1999/5/6)
More twisters swarmed across parts of Texas and Arkansas on Tuesday, killing one person. And late Wednesday, strong winds were blamed for three deaths in Tennessee and for closing the Nashville International Airport. Officials had received about 100 missing persons reports in Oklahoma, but they were uncertain how many were duplicates. A master list of the missing was expected to be released today. President Clinton has authorized emergency disaster declarations for both Oklahoma and Kansas, paving the way for federal emergency funds for home and business owners.

Tornadoes Kill 44 in Plains States (ABC News 1999/5/5)
Residents are slowly getting back to their homes to salvage what they can from the wreckage left by tornadoes. One day after scores of twisters tore through Oklahoma and Kansas, a second round of storms roared through the region on Tuesday. The latest tornado touched down in the small town of DeKalb, Texas, tearing through nearly 100 buildings and injuring at least 14 people, one of them critically. A old woman was killed in nearby Titus County. Storms were also reported in southern Arkansas, where thunderstorms spawned tornadoes, hail and rain. Thousands of people were left without electricity, but no injuries were reported.

Deadly Tornadoes Sweep Across Midwest (ABC News 1999/5/4)
The storm stayed on the ground for at least four hours, which is unusually long for a twister. President Clinton acted swiftly today to declare 11 Oklahoma counties and one county in Kansas disaster areas. Authorities say they expect the death toll to continue to rise.

Large and powerful tornadoes attacked Oklahoma city. (CNN 1999/5/4)
Large and powerful tornadoes attacked Oklahoma city.