It is hard to believe that
the City of Moore, Oklahoma could get hit by violent tornadoes
so many times. In 1999, the strongest tornado ever recorded hit
the city, causing widespread destruction. In 2003, an F4 tornado
took a very similar path and cut another swath of devastation
through the city. Then, in 2013, yet another violent tornado
(EF-5) struck the same city! The odds of this are mind boggling.
At first, it was feared
that hundreds of people had been killed, but luckily, the death
toll was greatly reduced down to 24, 377 people were treated
for injuries. Between 12,000 and 13,000 homes were destroyed
or damaged, and 33,000 people were affected. Most areas in
the path of the storm suffered catastrophic damage. Entire subdivisions
were obliterated, and houses were flattened in a large swath
of the city.
There were several tornado-warned
storms that day and we were further south, on a different storm
at the time. On our radar screen we could see the signature of
the debris ball as the tornado went through the city and the
reports were coming in live, in real time over the radio.
2 weeks after the tornado
struck, I spent some time in Moore, documenting the damage and