Monday, May 20, 2013
Moore, Oklahoma tornado
info via weather.com:
- 24 deaths confirmed according to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office
- EF5-level damage has been found in Moore by National Weather Service survey team
- More than 100 rescued according to Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office
- At least 237 injured according to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
- Rescue efforts continue Tuesday
- As many as 20,000 families displaced according to former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating
info. via News on 6:
The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, was a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph.
Spokeswoman Keli Pirtle said Tuesday the agency upgraded the tornado from an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale to an EF-5 based on what a damage assessment team saw on the ground. The weather service uses the word "incredible" to describe the power of EF-5 storms.
The weather service says the tornado's path was 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.
Pirtle says Monday's twister is the first EF-5 tornado of 2013.