The Oklahoman: "Worse Than May 3rd"

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May 21 2013 10:36 AM

The Oklahoman: "Worse Than May 3rd"

As anyone who's been watching any of the TV interviews coming out of Moore, Okla., probably knows by now, locals are understandably finding it nearly impossible to talk about yesterday's deadly twister without at least a reference to the powerful F5 tornado that ripped through the same town on May 3, 1999. That storm brought with it winds that topped 300 miles per hour and did more than an estimated $1 billion worth of damage. We won't know the full scope of the storm or its damage for some time, but for those on the ground the tale of the tape is already clear. Here's the front page of this morning's Oklahoman, the Sooner State's largest newspaper.

Oklahoman

And the Tulsa World, which also couldn't avoid the comparison:

TUlsa World

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(Screenshots via the Newseum, which has plenty more for you to look at here. You can also click on each cover for a more detailed look.):

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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