Warnings, education key in 1999 tornado outbreak

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Meteorologists meeting in Norman say one big lesson learned in the deadly tornadoes of May 3, 1999, is that weather warnings and education save lives when a twister moves through a populated area.

Tornadoes on that day killed 46 people in Oklahoma and Kansas, but experts gathering Friday at the National Weather Center say television and radio warnings were effective in encouraging people to find a safe place to ride out the storm.

The storm system produced between 66 and 74 tornadoes, of which 16 were rated as EF-2 or higher in strength. The most famous twister, rated as an EF-5, roared through the Oklahoma City metropolitan area in the early evening.


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