Monday, May 20, 2013

Powerful Oklahoma Tornado

The similarities between the F-5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma back on May 3rd, 1999, and today's tornado touchdown are eerie -- the radar shots of the two tornadoes (below) are awfully, awfully similar.  The tracks were not much different -- the 1999 tornado tracked a bit north of today's tornado -- but the damage from the two twisters wasn't too far different in scope, scale, and extensiveness.

The tornado touched down just before 3 PM this afternoon Oklahoma time, tracking east-northeast through the city of Moore, which is about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.  The tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes.  These were just three of the photos (screen grabs via KFOR-TV and KWTV-DT) of damage...there will be many more photos to come out of this storm's aftermath over the next day or so.

The radar shot of the Moore tornado earlier this afternoon shows the "debris ball" that was associated the tornado.  You can see a classic hook echo shape on the storm as it tracked through Moore about 20 minutes after it initially touched down.  The debris ball is indicatives of significant damage being produced with a storm as it crossed through this area.  Moore has about 55,000 people within its borders, one of the largest suburbs of Oklahoma City and the seventh largest city in the state of Oklahoma.

Time-lapse via Fox 19 in Cincinnati.