Oklahoma Leads Nation in Tornado Damage

3-19-06 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A newspaper analysis shows that the cost of tornado damage in Oklahoma since 1996 has been higher than any other state.

Using federal data, The Oklahoman has found that from 1996 through February 2005, the state has suffered more than one-point-six billion dollars in damages from tornadoes.

That's about one billion dollars more than Arkansas, the state in second place on that list.

Oklahoma ranks eighth nationally during the same time span in overall weather damage at about three-point-one billion dollars.

The newspaper analyzed thousands of storm events compiled by the National Climatic Data Center.