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Anatomy of May 3's F5 tornado

By Ken Raymond Modified: May 3, 2009 at 2:35 pm •  Published: May 1, 2009
Five died in the Southern Hills area. Seven died in the Willow Lakes trailer park. Among the dead were 3-week-old Asheton B. Darnell and his grandmother, Lucille Darnell, 53. Past Bridge Creek, the tornado temporarily decreased in intensity. Its winds dropped to F2 levels before screaming back to the 300 mph range as it entered southwest Oklahoma City. Once again an F5, the tornado charged through the Country Place addition near SW 138 and Pennsylvania, toppling about half the homes there. About 7:20 p.m., the twister struck Westmoore High School and the Eastlake addition, destroying as many as 200 homes. Many were injured. Some didn't survive. The F5 tornado moved into Moore, carving through the Regency Park area and destroying or damaging churches, businesses, hotels and an apartment complex. It dropped to F4 intensity, leveling more homes and ripping apart the Lakeside golf course before entering southeast Oklahoma City, killing two at a Bryant Avenue trucking company. The tornado's final act took it into Del City and Midwest City, where it claimed businesses, a motel and several homes. Five people died. About 7:48 p.m., the tornado dissipated near Air Depot and NE 10.


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