Miles and minutes: Okla. tornado by the numbers

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Posted: May 21, 2013 4:30 PM
Miles and minutes: Okla. tornado by the numbers

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — An exceptionally devastating tornado hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday afternoon, twisting through subdivisions and across a highway, leaving debris and confusion in its wake. Some of the storm's effects can be measured in numbers:


The number of dead, including at least 9 children

More than 200

Injured, including dozens of children


Responders searched overnight for survivors


Number of schools damaged, Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore and Briarwood in Oklahoma City


Minutes between when National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 2:40 p.m. and when the tornado touched down in Newcastle, Okla., about 12 miles southwest of Moore


Minutes the tornado was on the ground, from 2:56 p.m. CDT to 3:36 p.m. CDT


Miles tornado traveled

1.3 miles

Width of tornado at points

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200-210 mph

Estimated maximum wind speed, ranking as an EF-5 on the enhanced Fujita scale — the most powerful category of tornado


EF-5 tornadoes in the United States since 1950


Days since the May 3, 1999, tornado in Moore, which followed the same route as Monday's tornado. More than 4 dozen people died in that storm, and 600 homes were damaged.


Sources: Emergency officials in Moore, Okla., and the National Severe Storm Lab in Norman, Okla.