I personally observed a tornado at the distance of about a half mile away. Though, I still can’t decide whether I was fortunate to see it in real life. But, the moment I saw the nature’s swirling force, I knew for a fact I was lucky that I wasn’t in the path of this destructive power, which blew the rooftops as if they were feathers. However, the one I am talking about happened in Texas in 2012. And, it was a lot smaller than the Moore Tornado of 2013.
10 Facts about Moore Tornado 2013 :
- As its name suggests, the Moore Tornado took place in the densely populated area of the Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013.
- It killed 24 people (+2 indirect deaths) and injured 324 others.
- The tornado stayed on the ground 37 minutes (between 2:56 pm CDT – 3:33 pm CDT), and ravaged through 17-mile area with the winds an estimated 210 mph (340 km/h)
- It followed roughly similar footprints of even deadlier Bridge Creek – Moore Tornado (also known as May 3rd tornado) of 1999, which caused 36 casualties and 583 injuries.
- The Moore tornado of 2013 was the costliest among the Oklahoma tornados that took place since 1950. The cost of the destruction was an estimated $2 billion.
- Two elementary schools, Briarwood Elementary School and Plaza Towers Elementary School, were among the buildings that got damaged by the Tornado. As result, a cinder block wall collapsed in Plaza Towers elementary school killing 7 children.
- The tornado hit Celestial Acres horse training area and Orr Family Farm where it reportedly killed 100 horses.
- After the incident, the City Council of Moore entered 12 new codes to its residential building requirements for safety measures.
- The tornado warning was issued 16 minutes before the formation of the tornado. And, it was categorized as F5 tornado.
- The Moore Tornado was the 4th one that hit the city directly within 14 years. For instance, the Moore tornado of 1999 was even more severe. It caused 1 billion dollars in damages and took the lives of 36 people.