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February 24, 2009

Titanic Twisters

Aaron Dubrow

On May 3, 1999, violent thunderstorms swept through Oklahoma and Kansas, spawning 66 tornados and claiming 48 lives. Most severe among them was the F5-intensity tornado that swept through Moore, Oklahoma, which carried wind speeds of more than 300 miles per hour — the most powerful winds ever recorded on earth. Thirty-six lives were claimed by this tornado alone, which caused nearly $2 billion in property damage.

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