Oklahoma Tornado Could Be Worst "In The History Of The World," Striking Images Of Destruction

by
Owen Poindexter
A mile-wide tornado ripping through Oklahoma has already done incredible damage in the suburbs of Oklahoma City. Significant casualties and damage are expected from the tornado, which is drawing comparisons to the horrific storm of May 3rd tornado that killed 141 people and caused over $1.5 billion in damage.

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A barn was ripped open by the tornado currently ravaging Oklahoma. All images in this post from Reuters.

A mile-wide tornado ripping through Oklahoma has already done incredible damage in the suburbs of Oklahoma City. Significant casualties and damage are expected from the tornado, which is drawing comparisons to the horrific storm of May 3rd tornado that killed 141 people and caused over $1.5 billion in damage.

KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan said that this tornado could surpass the 1999 one to be "the worst tornado, damage wise, in the history of the world."

The latest reports told of children trapped in an elementary school, which took significant damage. No official reports about the condition of the children as of yet, but people were pulling the children out of the building.

Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma was evacuated when it sustained damage from the tornado.

The tornado has also torn through Oklahoma City, leaving large swaths of urban landscape in tatters.

"The houses are destroyed. ... Completely leveled," said a helicopter pilot for CNN affiliate KFOR, who also reported that a school was among the structures destroyed by the twister.

Some of the fastest winds ever recorded, surpassing 200mph were reported. Fallen trees littered Moore and Oklahoma City, in some cases making it difficult for rescue workers to reach people in need.

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The remains of a home in tatters while two Jeeps survey the damage.

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The sheer force of the 200+ mile per hour winds were on display as what looks like a piece of metal wrapped itself around a tree, which, in a testament to its strength, seems to be doing fine. A rescue worker stands in the background.

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We don't know how many homes have or will be destroyed by the Oklahoma tornado, but many of them, like this one, spotted from a helicopter, are utterly destroyed.

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A man walks among the branches of a tree leveled by the tornado.

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For more images of the Oklahoma tornado's destruction, including many from people caught in the tornado's path, look here.

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