Sunday, May 03, 2009
April, 10, 1979 gives way to May 3, 1999
Ten years ago this evening, even before the extent of the damage was known, the Oklahoma tornado outbreak of May 3-6, 1999, had already eclipsed the 1979 storm. I'd sent reporters and photographers to cover storm damage in southwest Oklahoma around 3 or 4 p.m. -- and they followed the monstrous system all the way to OKC. Bird was with me in Wichita Falls; Dr. ER was in her hotel in Oklahoma City. One hell of a night, including a new strongest-ever F5.