May 3rd tornado: 16 years to the day

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OKLAHOMA — Today is the 16 anniversary of the May 3 tornado that ripped through Oklahoma, taking the lives of 40 people.

Multiple super-cell thunderstorms produced many large and damaging tornadoes.

The strongest funnel, an F5, stayed on the ground for nearly an hour and a half. The tornado stayed on a 38-mile path from Chickasha through south Oklahoma City and through the suburbs of Bridge Creek, Newcastle, Moore, Midwest City, and Del City.

A total of 40 people were killed by the tornadoes that day, and another 675 people were injured.

It was one of the most expensive tornadoes in U.S. history, costing over $1 billion dollars in damage.

Many Oklahoma towns were left with nothing but the chance to start anew. And they did.

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