COVER STORY: Oklahoma Tornado

MOORE, OK, MAY 20, 2013 – Twenty-three people were killed and 377 others were injured when an EF5 tornado with peak winds of 210 mph struck Moore and adjacent areas around Oklahoma City. The 1.3-mile-wide tornado was on the ground for 39 minutes and covered a 17-mile area. The severe storm destroyed between 12,000 and 13,000 homes and destroyed about 12,000 cars. Power to most of the community was interrupted and water pumping stations were out of service. Three urban search and rescue (USAR) teams as well as numerous local resources responded to the scene. Damage was estimated to be well over $1 billion.