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Fast Facts for the
May 31-June 1, 2013 Tornado and Flash Flood Event

Fast Facts

  • The first tornado developed around 5:35 pm CDT in western Kingfisher County. The most signficant tornado developed around 6:03 pm CDT near El Reno. This storm then moved east to southest into western and central portions of Oklahoma City, producing other tornadoes.

  • Other storms developed to the west and moved over the same areas as the first storm. This produced significant flooding in the Oklahoma City metro. At least 23 high water rescues were conducted.

  • A total of 13 people in Oklahoma lost their lives due to flash flooding in Oklahoma County during the evening hours of May 31, 2013 and the early morning hours of June 1, 2013.

  • At least 100,000 homes and businesses lost power after the storms had passed.

More Tornado Information

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  • 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.
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