An aerial of Moore, taken on April 10, 2009. Photo by Paul Hellstern, OPUBCO Communications Group.
An aerial of Moore, taken on April 10, 2009. Photo by Paul Hellstern, OPUBCO Communications Group.

What impact did tornado have on Moore?

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MOORE — The economic boom in Moore wasn't spurred by the damage left by the May 3, 1999, tornado, a city official said. The city's progress has come despite the destruction.

Survivor: 'I just kept screaming for help'

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May 3, 1999, Oklahoma City Tornado:  Tornado damage, victim: Rescue workers bring Renee Faulkinberry out from under the rubble of her home in the Country Place Estates housing addition SW of 134th and S. Penn. About a dozen volunteers worked for nearly a half hour to free Renee.  Staff Photo by Paul Hellstern

The first windows shattered. The wind roared. “I have to let you go!” Robin Faulkinberry yelled into the phone. “It’s here!” Then nothing. The air was sucked out of the house, which the Faulkinberrys had closed on three days earlier. Faulkinberry, now 49, doesn’t remember what happened after she hung up the phone. Neither does her daughter.

Reporter recalls losing his home on May 3

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Reporter recalls losing his home on May 3

Every spring, the nightmares return.Always, they're a demented version of the moments just after 7:30 p.m. 10 years ago. That's when “the worst tornado ever recorded” — as I call it — ripped apart my neighborhood in Moore.

Ten years after May 3 are we any safer?

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Scott Curl, meteorologist,  National  Weather  Service Norman Forecast Office, at the  National  Weather Center in Norman Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Curl recently talked about technology regarding the May 3, 1999 tornadoes. Photo by Bryan Painter.

Technology is improving severe weather warning systems inside and out.

Remembering May 3, 1999: 10 years later



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Day 1: May 3 , 1999

Day 2: May 4 , 1999

Day 3: May 5, 1999

Day 4: May 6, 1999

Day 5: May 7, 1999