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Thursday, May 8, 2003
Length of Chase
2 1/2 hours
Distance Covered
30 miles
...for the year
1,650 miles
Chase Partner(s)
Valerie McCoy

Should have been studying for a final exam but couldn't concentrate with a PDS (Potentially Dangerous Situation) tornado watch box for our area until 9 PM.  Left Norman around 4:15 PM with Valerie and headed north on I-35.  Took exit 117 (US-37) in Moore and drove west just a few miles.  A tornado was reported in Tuttle moving east, directly in our path.  With rush-hour road congestion, we decided to play it safe, turn around, and drive south on I-35 to keep a safe distance.  Just before we got to the on-ramp, we observed the tornado moving through Moore...only a mile or so to our north.



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  • Moore, Oklahoma Tornado: May 8, 2003
  • This was shot from the 19th Street overpass of I-35, looking north towards downtown Moore (~2 miles south of the tornado track).
  • Length: 1 min 25 sec




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