Oklahoma City knows tornadoes

Oklahoma City, facing a huge recovery after today’s devastating tornado in the southern part of the city, is like no other major American city, it would seem. The city of 170,000 has never gone more than a little more than five years without being struck by a tornado.

Consider this National Weather Service graphic plotting the route of tornadoes through the city and its suburbs.


Oklahoma City has been struck by more than one tornado in a single day 25 times.

Up until today — it’s too early to know how bad today’s strike is — the worst day in the city’s tornado history was May 3,1999, when 36 people were killed.

More OkC tornado facts here.