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Oklahoma City suburb obliterated by two mile wide tornado

System may be worse than tornado that killed 141 in May 1999

  • Twitter user Danny Moody photographed a Bible that landed in the back of his pickup up truck in the aftermath of the tornado. Photo by Danny Moody

    Twitter user Danny Moody photographed a Bible that landed in the back of his pickup up truck in the aftermath of the tornado. Photo by Danny Moody

    Experts are saying it is the worst tornado ever to hit Oklahoma. At over two miles wide, it completely flattened a Oklahoma City suburb.

    If they are right, the tornado that hit today was an F4 class sytem on the Fujita instensity scale, meaning that the winds were clocking in at over 200 miles per hour at the peak of the storm.



    The strongest winds on Earth, over 300 miles per hour, were found in the May 1999 tornado outbreak that killed 141 people in Oklahoma.

    The damage from a system like this is incredible.

    F5 Tornado Damage

    Strong frame houses lifted off foundations are carried considerable distances to disintegrate; automobile sized missiles fly through the air in excess of 100 m (109 yd); trees debarked; steel reinforced concrete structures badly damaged.

    From Wikipedia

    Here is video footage of the F5 tornado from May 1999

    Reports are still coming in, but a school with children reportedly was hit with the children inside.

    Rescue searches are being attempted to pull people out of the rubble.

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