Re: Oklahoma City Tornados
I lived in Norman during the infamous May 3rd, 1999 tornados. The F5 looked like it was headed our way before it took a turn to the north and leveled Moore. At over 300 mph I believe that tornado still stands as the most powerful ever recorded.
The tornado today didn't spin as fast, but it was TWICE as wide, some saying almost two miles wide and it moved slowly, just destroying everything in it's path. Early estimates are three times the damage of 1999.
Last report was 51 confirmed dead and sadly this does not include the 20+ children they beleive are still in the rubble of the school.
All of my family and most of our good friends live on the north side of OKC and were clear of the storm, but it hit an area I frequent for work and I have many customers within a small radius of the path. It crossed over I-35 and it hit at a horrible time of day. In 99 kids were not in school at the time it hit.
Moore is a pretty densely populated suburb in between OKC and Norman. Amazingly and tragically the path of the 99 storm and the one today were very similar. Parts of Moore only recently reached what I beleive they considered 100% rebuild from that storm 14 years ago. Now, it starts all over again except this time it is worse both in terms of loss of life and physical damage.
I'm telling you, it looks like something out of WWII. I need to be down near that area tomorrow and I'm sure I'll be stunned at the scene.