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.