Two-Mile Wide Tornado Flattens Moore, Okla, Kills Dozens
- Category: U.S.
- Published on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 02:12
- Written by Russ Jones, Christian News Service
A massive mile-wide tornado slammed the town of Moore, Oklahoma Monday. Tornadoes tore through the Oklahoma City suburb wiping out neighborhoods, two schools and businesses.
The National Weather Service said the tornado reached wind speeds up to 200 mph. That places the tornado as an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale.
Dozens of people across the area are confirmed dead, 20 of those include children at Plaza Tower Elementary School. Briarwood Elementary School was also hit by the tornado, but there were no fatalities reported.
In the aftermath of Monday's tornado, First Baptist Church of Moore is serving as a command center for Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams.
Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the disaster. The Christian humanitarian aid organization reports staff members are on their way to the affected area to determine how it can help those who suffered extensive damage. Two Disaster Relief Units are being deployed from its North Carolina headquarters.
The Salvation Army and the Red Cross have also activated disaster relief teams.
This isn’t the first time Moore residents have experienced this kind of tragedy. It was one of the towns hit by a series of 74 tornadoes May 3, 1999 that left 46 dead and more than 8,000 homes damaged or destroyed in the region.
Early estimates report 60 square miles impacted by the tornado.
Those looking for unaccounted for family members can call 405-239-7141.