At Least 51 people are confirmed dead and the death toll expected to rise after a monster tornado ripped through Oklahoma. Among the devastation, 2 schools – Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary, a hospital, and multiple homes. At least 20 to 30 school children were missing and are feared dead.
The tornado was an estimated F4 or F5 and 2-miles wide. It had winds up to 200 mph.The tornado was on the ground for nearly 40 minutes, and the tornado warning was in effect for 16 minutes before the twister developed.
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers with everyone who is affected.
Here is some Raw video of the enormous tornado:
Weatherstorm.net Stephen Jones and fellow chasers from Moore Monthly, Christiaan Patterson, and other chasers capture violent tornado near Shawnee, OK. The tornado set down first east of Norman, OK and went on to be on of the most violent tornadoes of the day.
This tornado was one of the strongest ever intercepted, and we needed all 10,000k pounds of the new Dominator because I have never felt vibration like that before as we were slammed by suction vortices wrapping all around the vehicle.
Video of tornado southwest of Wichita from same storm that produced the Wichita tornado within 30 minutes of this tornado. Tornado clip shot northeast of Viola, KS.
Jeff and Carmen Tyler shot this large tornado just before 5pm just northeast of Oklahoma City, OK.