Weather service says Thursday's tornado was an F4


Monday, May 12th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The National Weather Service said that one of the tornadoes that tore through central Oklahoma last week was an F-4, the second most powerful classification.

Meteorologist Rick Smith says Thursday's tornado that moved across south Oklahoma City and suburbs was an F-4 on the Fujita scale. Those storms cause devastating damage with winds between 207 and 260 miles-per-hour.

Smith says the service is still analyzing Friday night's tornadoes and they may be classified this week.

Governor Henry said Monday the cleanup is ``proceeding nicely.'' Henry says the cleanup is a priority so power can be restored.

Henry is also urging residents who lost property or their job due to the storm to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency to apply for assistance or loans.

The Southwestern Insurance Information Service says damage could reach $400-million when all the claims are filed.