Fast Facts for the
May 20, 2013 Tornado Outbreak
- A rating of EF-5 has been given to the tornado that affected the Newcastle, south OKC, and Moore areas in McClain and Cleveland Counties.
- The tornado had.a path length of approximately 14 miles and was on the ground for approximately 40 minutes from 2:56 PM - 3.35 PM CDT.
- The preliminary maximum path width is 1.1 miles.
Severe Weather Safety Information
Web Pages and Reports Related to the May 31-June 1, 2013 Event
- NWS Service Assessment: May 2013 Tornadoes and Flash Flooding
- Click here to view satellite images of tornado damage in Newcastle and Moore (courtesy Google Maps).
- Click here to view a timelapse of the damage assessment from NWS survey teams the day after the event.
- Click here to view a video clip of NWS operations during the tornado event.
- A 20-slide presentation of the Event Timeline for the Newcastle-Moore tornado including NWS forecasts and warnings, as well as social media info from Twitter and Facebook
- View the Radar Timeline of the Newcastle-Moore Tornado
- Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity Loops from the Twin Lakes, OK (KTLX) Radar from 3:04 PM - 4;42 PM CDT on May 20, 2013
- Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Situation Update web page for severe weather events occurring from May 18-June 2, 2013
- Storm Prediction Center Storm Report for May 20, 2013
- SPC Severe Weather Event Review for May 20, 2013
- NWS Norman storm data report for May 2013
- NWS Tulsa storm data report for May 2013
- NWS Tulsa, OK Forecast Office Web page for the May 19-20, 2013 Tornado Events
- NWS Springfield, MO Forecast Office Web page for the May 19-20, 2013 Tornado Events
Tornado Data and Information
- The October 4, 1998 Tornado Outbreak Twenty-eight tornadoes occurred in central and eastern Oklahoma, including an F2 tornado which damaged parts of Moore. It was the largest autumnal outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded in Oklahoma.
- The May 3, 1999 Tornado Outbreak This outbreak included nearly 60 tornadoes in central Oklahoma. It was the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded in Oklahoma. The first F5 tornado ever to hit a the Oklahoma City metro area killed 36 people and tore through parts of Newcastle, south OKC and Moore, OK. The damage total was estimated at $1 billion. Two F4 tornadoes also ravaged parts of Kingfisher and Logan counties.
- Oklahoma City Area Tornadoes of May 8, 2003 The central United States experienced a record-breaking week of tornadoes from May 4 through May 10, 2003, when nearly 400 tornadoes occurred in 19 states and caused 42 deaths during the seven days. Included in this total were the tornadoes which hit the southern Oklahoma City metropolitan area on May 8, 2003 including an F4 tornado which tore through parts of Moore, Oklahoma City and Choctaw.
- The May 10, 2010 Tornado Outbreak This outbreak produced 35 tornadoes in the NWS Norman forecast area alone, and a total of 55 tornadoes in Oklahoma. Two EF4 tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City metro area including Moore, killing 3 people and injuring over 80 others.