Midwest City is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma.
This city is a part of Oklahoma City. As of the 2010 census the population was 54,371. It is the eighth largest city in the state.
Midwest City was created because of an air field being built nearby. It was named for the Tinker Air Force Base‘s original designation as the Midwest Air Depot. The city suffered damage during two tornadoes. The first in May 1999 and the second on May 8, 2003.
Starting on January 1, 2013. Midwest City will no longer make public storm shelters. City officials are telling residents to plan now. And to prepare now for severe weather that may occur in the future.
From May 2 to 8, 1999. A large tornado outbreak took place. It moved across the Central and parts of the Eastern United States. This was a week long event. 152 tornadoes touched down. More than half of them on May 3 and 4. This activity reached its peak over Oklahoma. Then hit Kansas. It moved to Nebraska. Then Texas, and Arkansas.
The biggest tornado first touched down southwest of Chickasha. Then it grew to an F5. Before stopping near Midwest City. The tornado tore through Oklahoma City. Bridge Creek. Moore. Del City. Tinker Air Force Base. It caused $1 billion in damage. With a total of between 66 and 74 tornadoes. This was one of the worst tornado in Oklahoma history. But not the deadliest.
Portions of Midwest City and northwest of Tinker Air Force Base had extreme damage. This was from a violent tornado that swept through Oklahoma City Metro on May 3, 1999.
While it produced F5 damage in South Oklahoma City. The damage in Midwest City was rated F4. It destroyed homes and created a lot of damage. Another tornado struck almost exactly the same area four years later on May 8, 2003.
At Oklahoma Shelters we can help protect you against Midwest City Tornadoes. We recommend a Storm Shelter or Safe Room. Call us for a free consultation at 405-367-7901.
2501 SW 15th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73108