Massive Tornado Hits Moore, Oklahoma Elementary School – Devastation from Mile-wide Twister in Oklahoma City Area
A massive mile-wide tornado has struck the town of Moore, Oklahoma. Early reports say that an elementary school took a direct hit. The near-F5 tornado had winds clocked at up to 200 miles per hour. As of 10PM Monday, the death toll has risen to 51.
The first images from the tornado have come in from social media and area news broadcasts.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 20, 2013
Vines of today’s damage in Oklahoma
Ustream coverage from CBS News
Storm Chaser Reed Timmer posted this video to Facebook:
Location of Moore, Oklahoma
Moore is a southern suburb of Oklahoma City.
Plaza Towers Elementary School Before and After
Plaza Towers Elementary School took a direct hit from the tornado. Preliminary reports say as many as 75 students and teachers were in the building. Below is a before and after comparison.
The school is located east of Interstate 35 at 852 SW 11th Street in Moore, Oklahoma. Here is the school from Google’ Street View followed by an image captured after the twister:
What’s left of Plaza Towers Elementary School after devastating tornado in Moore, Okla. twitter.com/nycjim/status/…
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) May 20, 2013