Massive EF5 Tornado Devastates Moore, OK

May 23rd, 2013 | By admin | Category: News and Features

In a mid-afternoon disaster, an EF5 tornado  (winds 200 mph plus) with a radius of about 1.3 miles and 17 miles long struck the city of Moore, OK - a suburb of Oklahoma City around 3 p.m. Monday, May 20th. The storm leveled two elementary schools as well as homes, businesses and severely damaged a hospital. The death toll is at 24  with 9 of them being children - as of  Tues., at 4 p.m. - which was decreased from an initial count of 51 - which is one of the  “good news” accounts to come from the tragedy. Over one hundred people have been pulled out of the rubble alive.

The Oklahoma National Guard is helping search for survivors and the Red Cross  and FEMA are helping the survivors. More storms are expected today in Oklahoma as well as here in Arkansas.