Mile-Wide Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City (Video)


/ May 20, 2013

A tornado ripped through Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday, the Associated Press reports. The tornado hit just south of Will Rogers World Airport, in Moore, Okl. and video footage captured homes and businesses being carried away by the funnel near the suburb. The mile-wide twister destroyed homes for the second day in a row and is only one stop in a series of other Plains and Midwest cities affected by severe weather. With the strongest winds ever recorded having hit an area right outside of Moore on May 3, 1999, citizens are taking precaution. Oklahoma residents have been advised to take cover in their basements. Mark Meyers, a spokesperson for the Oklahoma County Sherriff’s Office explained, “We’re just waiting to see what happens. It’s a mile-wide tornado. It’s still grinding out,” he said. “We are currently on standby for tornado response. Whatever happens, we’ll be ready to respond.” Storms on Sunday killed two people near Shawnee, about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City—a 79-year-old man, who was later identified as Glen Irish, was found dead Sunday out in a mobile home park near Shawnee, Steelman Estates. A 76-year-old man, Billy Hutchinson, was also found dead on Monday in a vehicle. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman had predicted a major outbreak of severe weather Monday in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri as well as Oklahoma. —Shannon Powell