Oklahoma tornadoes - May 3, 1999

Oklahomans looked into the dark sky and saw terror.

On May 3, 1999, an unusual confluence of atmospheric conditions in Oklahoma spawned dozens of tornadoes that swept across the state in an hours-long parade of destruction. Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed, and 19 counties became disaster areas.

The worst toll was in human lives: 44 dead, including three children. Hundreds more were injured.

This special NewsOK page looks back on one of the most frightening days in the Oklahoma's recent history.

The tornadoes have passed. No one who survived them has forgotten.