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Oklahoma Tornado


Tornado Outbreak May 3, 1999

Tornado paths

    The picture above is a daytime picture of a tornado from the storm that ravaged the town of Mulhall the night of May 3, 1999. The tornado outbreak that day spawned a tonado that was, at the time, more powerful than allowed for in the Fujita Scale. It had the highest winds ever recorded on the face of the Earth, 230 MPH. Till that time it was thought that tornado winds could never get that high.
    The tornado that just missed Crescent and ravaged Mulhall that night was a F-4 long path tornado. The Storm path on the left starts somewhere near El Reno and travels up just outside Cashion, on the Kingfishe/Logan County line, crosses the Cimmarron River near Twin Lakes and then towards Mulhall and beyond into Payne and Noble Counties.

NOAA SWAT Report Scroll down to 3 and 4.

FEMAA News Release May 12,1999

If you have any pictures of the Crescent area or Mulhall after the storm that you would like to have posted here email me.

The popular Restaurant Lucille's was damaged by a fire early morning.

By Kirsten McIntyre, NEWS 9

    MULHALL, Oklahoma -- An early morning blaze has destroyed a popular restaurant in a historic downtown building in Mulhall.
    Crescent police dispatcher Ryan Collier said a resident reported the fire at Lucille's Restaurant at 3:41 a.m. Wednesday.
    Fire officials were able to get the fire under control by 6 a.m., but not until after the fire had gutted most of the restaurant.
    Lucille's was the heart and soul of the Mulhall community. Customers would drive in from all over to experience a taste of the Old Wild West.
    "We were always amazed someone would get in their car and drive an hour and a half, two hours to eat at our little restaurant, but they also claimed it was well worth the drive," said Jim Mears, Lucille's General Manager.
    Lucille's was named after Mulhall's most famous citizen, Lucille Mulhall. She was nicknamed "America's first cowgirl."
    "She was an actual cowgirl who rode around with Will Rogers, and she was just amazing," said Terri Roselius, Lucille's owner.

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It's suspected that lightening may have sarted the fire.

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