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Economy, Businesses Hit Hard by May Twisters

Written by  Janette Ballman November 19, 2007

An estimated $1.1 billion in damages occurred when massive tornadoes cut paths of destruction across Oklahoma and Kansas. As many as 76 tornadoes hit the region on May 3, spawned from "supercell" thunderstorms that formed during the late afternoon. The tornadoes' paths stretched more than 100 miles through 14 counties from southwest to northeast Oklahoma and as far north as Wichita, Kansas. At times, the twisters' paths of destruction were more than one-half mile wide. In total, 742 people were injured and 41 people died from the storms, with five deaths occurring in Kansas. Damage estimates in Oklahoma show 2,314 homes were destroyed; 7,428 homes were damaged; 1,041 apartments were destroyed or damaged; 164 businesses destroyed; and 96 businesses were damaged. In Kansas, 420 homes, 27 businesses, and three churches were damaged or destroyed. According to preliminary figures from Insurance Services Office, Inc's (ISO) Property Claim Services (PCS) Unit, Oklahoma received a record catastrophe

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