Killer Tornado: Scenes From Oklahoma

The Monster Hits

A child is rescued from the debris following a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma.

A child is rescued from the debris following a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma.

Monster. That’s what they’re calling the tornado that barreled through the Oklahoma City area on a spring afternoon Monday, flinging houses and cars into the air, demolishing a school and flattening neighborhoods during a 40-minute romp on the ground.

Scores were killed and injured Monday, and rescuers searched desperately for survivors, including children at the devastated Plaza Towers Elementary School in suburban Moore. Many others, like the child at left, were rescued.

The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF4, the most powerful on the enhanced Fujita scale with winds of at least 200 mph. The agency said the tornado was at least half a mile wide.

Here are heartbreaking scenes from the monstrous storm.

Funnel Cloud

The tornado darkens Monday afternoon skies as it spins over homes in Moore, a community of 41,000 people, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Disaster Strikes

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A vehicle lands upside down in Moore. It was the fourth tornado to hit the town since 1998. A tornado there on May 3,1999, killed more than 40 people and destroyed thousands of homes. That tornado ranked as an EF-5, meaning it had winds over 200 mph.

Struck Again

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Massive https://bermimpilahlagi.com piles of debris cover the ground in Moore. Mayor Glenn Lewis, who was also mayor during the 1999 storm, said the city immediately began recovery efforts.

“We’ve already started printing the street signs. It took 61 days to clean up after the 1999 tornado. We had a lot of help then. We’ve got a lot of help now,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

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