Extensive Damage From Oklahoma Twister


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[UPDATE: 6:30 p.m. Monday] MOORE, Okla. — At least 51 are dead after a massive tornado struck the Oklahoma City area. Eyewitnesses report schools demolished and children trapped. More than 38,000 are reported without power.

[PREVIOUS STORY] A second round of severe weather has begun developing across the Central Plains. A massive tornado tore through a densely populated Moore, Oklahoma on Monday afternoon.

The tornado touched the ground in Duncan and moved east, northeast into Moore, south of Oklahoma City. Monday’s tornado is estimated to be about two-miles wide. The destruction is extensive with countless homes and businesses flattened. Meteorologists from the area are reporting the damage to be the worse they have ever seen.

Moore experienced a devastating tornado about a decade ago, in May of 1999. The tornado was ranked an EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the strongest a tornado can be in meteorological terms. It is likely that Monday’s twister which passed through the town again had wind speeds of the same nature, as the damage appears to be worse than the horrifying past twister.

At least two people have been killed in this severe weather event. More than 171,000 people could have been in the path of the storm.