Weather Service: Tornado as Big as It Gets
200mph winds earn it top EF-5 status
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 21, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
A tornado moves past homes in Moore, Okla., on Monday.    (Alonzo Adams)

(Newser) – The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Oklahoma yesterday was a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds between 200 and 210mph. The agency upgraded the tornado from an EF-4 based on what a damage-assessment team saw on the ground. Less than 1% of US tornadoes are this violent. Yesterday's was 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide, and it lasted about 40 minutes. (One bright spot today is this amazing video showing a homeowner finding her dog on live TV.)

Several meteorologists contacted by the Associated Press used real-time measurements to calculate the energy released during the storm's life span of almost an hour. Their estimates ranged from 8 times to more than 600 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb, with more experts at the high end. As the cleanup continues, the death toll stood at 24 this afternoon.

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May 22, 2013 1:55 PM CDT
Its time for govt and big Corp to invest in scientific solutions to/for 1) reduce storm cell strength and 2) 300mph wind resistant home design. If they can make profits from the prison system and earthquake retrofitting, then surely they can find a way to profit here as well. Again, the only way it gets s done.
May 22, 2013 1:46 PM CDT
Is this the point where government/big insurance corps to provide funding for? 1) scientific solutions to reduce storm strength (science has started) and 2) home designs capable of withstanding 300mph winds.
May 22, 2013 12:04 AM CDT
While decent people are concerned for those who endured horrendous devastation up pops self-serving deranged democRats like b. boxer who run their mouths about global warming demanding laws, regulations and taxes. It's the same MO smelly democRats like b. boxer used in their sleazy, libelous attempts to get guns following Sandy Hook. Those self-serving democRat zealots like boxer are so despicable they will not even wait for bodies of the deceased to reach room temperature before they begin using the dead and injured as fodder to advance a hot-air-scheme that belongs back in the sewer it came from.