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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

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