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OKC Mega Tornado: Fact and Fiction

Posted by feww on May 21, 2013

 Moore Tornado Upgraded to EF5

NWS damage teams have upgraded the deadly tornado that struck Moore to EF5.

  • Rating: EF5
  • Peak Winds: 200 – 210 mph (338 km/h)
  • Path Length: 17 miles
  • Maximum Width: 1.3 miles
  • Begin Time: 2:45pm CDT
  • Begin Location: 4.4 miles west of Newcastle
  • End Time: 3:35 pm CDT
  • End Location: 4.8 miles east of Moore

OKC tornado 20may2013
This is a preliminary track outline of the powerful EF-5 tornado that struck Newcastle and Moore during the afternoon of May 20, 2013. This path may change as we continue to survey the damage. Notice how the tornado path contracts toward the right side of the image. Source: NWS

Tornado Damage and Casualties

  • Preliminary estimate for the damage is put at $3 billion.
  • The tornado has left thousands of people homeless.
  • Most of the 91 or so people killed by the tornado were resurrected within hours, thanks to the political will. Current death toll stands at only 24.  (See also the ‘Joplin Syndrome’).
  • About 240 others were injured.

The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale – Quick Chart

EF0: 65 TO 85 MPH
EF1: 86 TO 110 MPH
EF2: 111 TO 135 MPH
EF3: 136 TO 165 MPH
EF4: 166 TO 200 MPH
EF5: Wind speeds greater than 200 MPH

4 Responses to “OKC Mega Tornado: Fact and Fiction”

  1. Rick B. said

    “Scores of blogs and dozens of formal internet sites constantly manufacture disinformation…”

    I have traced a number of those sites. They receive large amounts of advertising revenue despite having very few visitors. Yet, Google is not known for throwing away its “hard-earned” cash; unless, of course, the scams are organized by the company or its employees. One way of avoiding income tax!
    Rick
    advertising with the internet scammer s

  2. Jonathan Richards said

    Nice catch. I also noted the “resurrected” too. Downplay is the modus operandi. Climate Progress is VERY guilty of doing this (and refuses to publish my comments when I catch them at it, which is every day). That site is now utterly useless for facts.

    See this link, tornado tracks across the Untied States [sic]: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews/files/2013/05/05_20_2013_tornado-track-2011.jpg

    • feww said

      Scores of blogs and dozens of formal internet sites constantly manufacture disinformation to distract the public from the underlying issues and thus maintaining the status quo.
      They also invent thousands of ghost readers/subscribers to create an air of credibility to the uninitiated, who readily submit to “peer pressure.”
      In contrast, the real news and information sources that tend to wear away the “prozac effect,” and spoil the party, are heavily censored/filtered.

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