On May 20th, 2013, a powerful EF-5 tornado moved through the city of Moore, Oklahoma, leading to 24 fatalities and leaving behind a trail of incredible destruction.
This is also the most recent EF-5 tornado to strike the United States. Here’s a look at the deadly twister:
And the destruction that followed it:
The tornado was on the ground for about 14 miles before moving through the densely-populated Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, where it killed several children at the Plaza Towers Elementary School when a wall collapsed during the tornado. After originating near Newcastle just before 3pm CDT that day, the tornado moved through Moore before dissipating in southeast Oklahoma City around 3:35pm CDT.
At its peak, the tornado was over a mile wide.
The National Weather Service office in Norman, Oklahoma has more detailed information on the tornado here.
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