A video of the first 10 minutes of the Moore tornado shows why it’s so important to be aware of developing conditions and respond quickly.
Much like the Joplin tornado in 2011 and the Hoisington tornado in 2001, the tornado touched down and quickly turned from wisp to beast. AccuWeather vice president Mike Smith estimates that timely, effective warnings saved more than 200 lives.
Given the circumstances, a death toll of 24 from last Monday’s devastating tornado is remarkably low. It’s a testament to Oklahomans responding quickly and effectively as the danger mushroomed.