These 8 Photos Show Just How Devastating The Oklahoma Tornado Of 1999 Really Was

Oklahoma is no stranger to deadly tornadoes and one of the most devastating in history is the 1999 Bridge Creek- Moore F5 tornado. It was part of an outbreak that spanned from Oklahoma to Kansas with a total of 74 tornadoes touching down in 21 hours. Keep scrolling to view photos of this massive tornado and the damage it caused.

Watch the video below to view real footage from the May 3rd tornado:

Can you imagine a third of your town being destroyed within a matter of minutes? That’s what happened to the small, close-knit community of Pryor, Oklahoma on April 27, 1942. At approximately 5:00 p.m. local time, an EF4 tornado swept through the main business district of town and the residential section, demolishing 500 buildings, killing 52 people and injuring 350 others. As if the tornado wasn’t bad enough, the town was hit with torrential rains that left knee-deep water in town – halting rescue and cleanup efforts. You can read more about this tornado here.