MOORE, Okla. (AP) – An exceptionally devastating tornado hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon, twisting through subdivisions and across a highway, leaving debris and confusion in its wake. Some of the storm’s effects can be measured in numbers:
The number of dead, including at least 9 children
More than 200
Injured, including dozens of children
Responders searched overnight for survivors
Number of schools damaged, Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore and Briarwood in Oklahoma City
Minutes between when National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 2:40 p.m. and when the tornado touched down in Newcastle, Okla., about 12 miles southwest of Moore
Minutes the tornado was on the ground, from 2:56 p.m. CDT to 3:36 p.m. CDT
Miles tornado traveled
Width of tornado at points
Estimated maximum wind speed, ranking as an EF-5 on the enhanced Fujita scale _ the most powerful category of tornado
EF-5 tornadoes in the United States since 1950
Days since the May 3, 1999, tornado in Moore, which followed the same route as Monday’s tornado. More than 4 dozen people died in that storm, and 600 homes were damaged.
Sources: Emergency officials in Moore, Okla., and the National Severe Storm Lab in Norman, Okla.
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