Monday, May 20, 2013

Worst Tornado Damage in the History of the World

A CBS meteorologist reports that the monstrous EF4 tornado which leveled Moore, Oklahoma earlier today has caused "the worst tornado damage in the history of the world." At least 24 children are believed dead.

CBS News reports:

MOORE, Okla. (CBS Houston/AP) — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. At least 51 people were reported killed, according to CBS News.

KFOR-TV reports that up to 24 children are believed dead at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore and that it has turned into a search and recovery effort.

Authorities expected the death toll to rise as emergency crews moved deeper into the hardest-hit areas.

KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan called this “the worst tornado damage in the history of the world.”

Read the full story here. May those who mourn be comforted.

UPDATE 5/22 - CNN reports "Damage assessments showed the tornado had winds over 200 mph at times, making it an EF5 -- the strongest category of tornadoes measured, the National Weather Service said."

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