2013 Moore Oklahoma Tornado

Monday, May 20, 2013

The devastation in Moore Oklahoma reminds me of my local area, Brooklyn, NY after Hurricane Sandy last fall. One minute your happy and safe, the next minute you've stepped into a surreal war zone. I still read clients from other coastal areas who have heartbreaking stories to share. They all believe another hurricane will happen, most not returning to their oceanfront homes.

It would seem the east coast has hurricanes and nor'easters - the west coast has earthquakes and soon a tsunami - while the middle of the country deals with tornadoes, drought, floods, and more. With a hurricane or volcanic eruption there are warnings and time to prepare. With tornadoes and earthquakes, there generally is no time.

In many ways, this country is being torn apart one way or another as people wonder about the future. How many memorial services have been planned in the past year - terrorist attacks, shooting sprees, natural disasters, and more? We are sitting on the event horizon ... about to return through the black hole.

  A tornado's heading your way: Now what?   CNN - May 25, 2013
You've just that heard a tornado is headed directly toward you. You don't have a safe room, and you're not near a shelter. Do you hunker down and hope for the best or do you flee? Emergency officials have long held that you should just stay put if you're inside anything other than a mobile home -- and head for the lowest floor and the inner-most room. Yet even with improvements to severe weather prediction, no one can say with certainty what a tornado will do.

2013 Moore Oklahoma Tornado   Wikipedia

The 2013 Moore tornado was a deadly tornado that occurred on the afternoon of May 20, 2013. The EF5 tornado, with peak winds estimated at 210 miles per hour (340 km/h), impacted Moore, Oklahoma, and adjacent areas, killing 24 people, including 10 children, and injuring 377 others. The tornado was part of a larger weather system that had produced several other tornadoes over the previous two days. The tornado touched down west of Newcastle at 2:45 p.m. CDT (1945 UTC), staying on the ground for approximately 50 minutes over a 17-mile (27 km) path, crossing through a heavily populated section of Moore. The tornado was 1.3 miles (2.1 km) wide at its peak.

Between 12,000 to 13,000 homes were destroyed or damaged and 33,000 people were affected. Most areas in the path of the storm suffered catastrophic damage. Entire subdivisions were obliterated and houses flattened in a large swath of the city. Witnesses said it more closely resembled "a giant black wall of destruction" than a typical twister.

Tornado Alley   Wikipedia

Tornado Alley is a colloquial term for the area of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent. Although an official location is not defined, the areas in between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains are the areas usually associated with it. Tornadoes are most common here because it is the region where warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico meets cold, dry air from the Rocky Mountains and Canada, creating intense, tornado-producing thunderstorms known as supercells.