Two-Mile Wide Tornado Destroys School in Oklahoma

As a parent, there are no words to express the sadness you feel when children are harmed, like what happened yesterday when a storm turned deadly near Oklahoma City.

Hug your kids and loved ones.

Pray for those affected.  Help where you can.

Make sure your own survival plans are in order.

Two men stand in front of Plaza Towers Elementary after a tornado destroyed the school on Monday. (Bryan Terry/AP/The Oklahoman)

SCHOOL TRAGEDY

U.S. Representative Tom Cole, who lives in Moore, said the Plaza Tower school was the most secure and structurally strong building in the area.

“And so people did the right thing, but if you’re in front of an F4 or an F5 there is no good thing to do if you’re above ground. It’s just tragic,” he said on MSNBC TV.

At least 60 of the 240 people injured were children, hospital officials said.

Witnesses said Monday’s tornado appeared more fierce than the giant twister that was among the dozens that tore up the area on May 3, 1999, killing more than 40 people and destroying thousands of homes. That tornado ranked as an EF5 tornado with wind speeds of more than 200 mph.

The 1999 tornado ranks as the third-costliest tornado in U.S. history, having caused more than $1 billion in damage at the time, or more than $1.3 billion in today’s dollars. Only the devastating Joplin and Tuscaloosa tornadoes in 2011 were more costly.

Source

More here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/21/us-usa-tornadoes-idUSBRE94J0TK20130521

 

 

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