Tornado alley gets hit again

All about the disaster that struck Moore, Oklahoma

The destruction

The F5 struck Oklahoma on May 20, 2013 and was said to be on the ground for a little more than 40 minutes. The entire town of Moore and towns next door (Newcastle and Southern Oklahoma City) were affected by the twister. US News at NBC wrote on May 21, 2013 that at least 24 people are dead. Many children were hurt because one of the buildings that got destroyed was the Plaza Towers Elementary School. The tornado actually ripped off the roof of the school about 3 pm. The news also went on to say that 7 children drowned in a pool of water because of the tornado.

The magnitude of the tornado

  • The tornado had a 1.3 mile wide path that is equal to 19 football fields laid end to end.
  • The storm traveled at a speed of about 34 mph.
  • The winds from the tornado were greater than 200 mph.
  • The square miles that the tornado's path covered (17 miles long) is equal to 96% of Manhattan.

Some media outlooks (courtesy of NWS Forecast Office Norman)


On May 3, 1999, a tornado outbreak near Oklahoma City produced 14 tornadoes, including an F5 in Moore. It ended up with a death toll of 36 people and 295 injuries.