A massive tornado, perhaps an F5, swept through Moore, Oklahoma this afternoon. The number of injuries and extent of damage are still unknown, though aerial images of the destruction indicate that both could be substantial.
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Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV is streaming live coverage of the damage.
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Images from TV broadcasts and live on the ground show massive destruction from the tornado, which was estimated to be a mile wide. Reports indicate that two schools have been damaged by the storm.
"THERE'S NOTHING" in wake of tornado, says @kfor chopper over Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore, OK. twitter.com/NewsBreaker/st… — NewsBreaker (@NewsBreaker) May 20, 2013
This was the tornado at SE 4th and Sunny Lane. Tornado went right in front of us as debris flying overhead. #okwx twitter.com/DanielleDozier… — Danielle Dozier (@DanielleDozier) May 20, 2013
NEW PHOTO: Fire burning in Moore, Oklahoma following massive #tornado twitter.com/nbcnightlynews… — NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) May 20, 2013
Heartbreaking image of Moore, OK, devastated by a huge tornado twitter.com/FallonShreve/s… — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 20, 2013
PRELIMINARY tornado damage track for the Newcastle-Moore-South OKC tornado. Based on radar and damage reports. #okwx twitter.com/NWSNorman/stat… — NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) May 20, 2013
Moore is just south of Oklahome City, as seen on the map below.
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Moore was devastated by an F5 in 1999 and an F4 in 2003.
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Photo: Still image of a damaged school, via KFOR-TV.