MOORE OK- May 20, at 3:00 p.m. a deadly lethal tornado hit the town of Moore Oklahoma demolishing and ripping through the entire town. Over 40,000 people where in it’s fierce path, encountering the destruction of an enraged EF-4 tornado, with winds up to 200mph. In the direct path were two elementary schools, with one of them nearly completely cleared to the ground. Plaza Tower Elementary school occupied 500 students, grades Pre-K through 6th grade. Parents received text messages and emails an hour prior to tornado hitting this town giving them time to pick up their children.
Many thought this was not a growing tornado, however 75 students still remained inside Plaza Tower Elementary while the rest were evacuated or picked up by parents. Out of the 75 small victims, it was reported through the night 7 of them had ran to the back of the school and drown. Because of this mass chaos and destruction it was hard for rescue workers to find anyone under the 10 foot pile of debris. Many reports indicated that 24 children were still missing, and those 24 were third graders.
Reports of teachers throwing themselves on top as many as 6 children to keep them safe, taking the hit of debris protecting them.
This massive deadly tornado had winds over 200 miles per hour, throwing debris 20,000 feet into the atmosphere, nearly 2 miles wide staying on the ground for 45 minutes destroying everything in its path. This is the biggest tornado recorded in history. Homes were plowed down to nothing, in neighborhoods it doesn’t even look like a development. Horses were thrown through the air, finding one thrown into a daycare, surviving the violent storm. This violent storm did a 17 mile path of destruction.
Through out the night researchers and rescue workers search for many, rescuing over 101 people in the buried rubble. With 275 people injured and being treated, the death toll confirmed is 24, and 9 of those being children.
The 24 missing children had been accounted for, reporting CNN News at 2:00 p.m. Oklahoma time, today May 21. Many are told to stay off cell phones to free up lines for rescue workers. Reports that most who lived in the town of Moore have been accounted for, however they are still searching for anyone who may be trapped under pockets of rubble.
This has been by far, the most devastating tornado to ever hit.
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