Shawnee, Oklahoma and Moore Tornado

May 19, 2013

Tornado

A destructive, rotating column of air that has very high wind speeds and that maybe visible as a funnel-shaped cloud.
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How tornados forms

Wind speed for shawnee ok tornado

The estimated peak wind ranged from 200 to 210 mph -- which would make it an EF5, the most powerful category of tornadoes possible -- according to the agency.

Wind speed for Moore ok tornado

Mile-wide tornado with winds up to 200 mph.

The Fujita scale

The Fujita scale (F-Scale), or Fujita–Pearson scale, is a scale for rating tornado intensity, based primarily on the damage tornadoes inflict on human-built structures and vegetation. The official Fujita scale category is determined by meteorologists and engineer after a ground or aerial damage survey, or both

Map of Shawnee Oklahoma

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Damage of shawnee tornado

The tornado reduced portions of a mobile home park to rubble and killed a 79-year-old man whose body was found out in the open.

Damage of Moore tornado

The damage of the Moore tornado is worth over 2 billion dollars and also 51 people were killed.
5/19/2013 Deadly Oklahoma Extreme Tornado Video

Moore Oklahoma tornado

5/20/13 Moore, OK EF-5 Tornado
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Other areas that were affected by the tornadoes

The shawnee tornado was one of several that touched down in the nation's midsection Sunday. Twisters, hail and high winds also struck lowa and Kansas as a part of a devastating, northeastward moving storm system that stretched from Texas to Minnesota. Kansas, Illinois, lowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma were ravaged by 50 tornadoes this weekend.

Tornado Alley

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Conclusion

At least 20 of the dead were children, including at least seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, which lay directly in the path of the monster storm's wall of wind.