Oklahoma Tornado Devastation

May 22, 2013 8:22 AM

Oklahoma is still picking up the pieces today after the tornado that tore through the town of Moore. Officials believe that everyone is accounted for, but Fire Chief Gary says that even though every damaged home has been searched at least once, his goal is to conduct at least three more searches of each location just to be sure.
The Oklahoma Insurance Department says a preliminary damage estimate could top $2 billion for the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.
The National Weather Service has upgraded Monday's tornado from an EF4 to an EF5 based on damage assessments on the ground. An EF5 tornado is the strongest category measured and can pack winds at more than 200 miles per hour.
Officials say the tornado was on the ground for about 40 minutes destroying almost everything in its 17 mile long path. It was 1.3 miles wide and killed at least 24 people. 9 of those killed were children and hundreds of others were injured.
Head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Craig Fugate, says U.S. officials are "going neighborhood to neighborhood" to make sure Oklahoma gets the help it needs. He says that the agency is in good shape and has enough money to help out Oklahoma and other disaster zones with recovery.
Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis will now be pushing for a law requiring storm shelters or safe rooms be put in all new housing developments.


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