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.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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