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EF-5 tornado destroyed Oklahoma town one year ago today
CINCINNATI (Josh Knight) -- Tuesday marks one year since an F-5 tornado destroyed Moore, Oklahoma.
Two dozen people died when the twister cut a 14-mile long path through the town. A bell tolled for each of the victims from the incredibly powerful Moore, Oklahoma tornado. At it's peak, the tornado ravaged Oklahoma towns with winds stronger than 200 miles per hour. 24 people died during the tornado and hundreds were injured. A school, filled with children, took a direct hit.
E-F 5 tornado damage is catastrophic event. In many cases buildings are wiped completely off of their foundations. The only place to go is underground. As the city continues to rebuild, stricter building codes have been established and thousands of people have applied for permits to build storm shelters.
Last week an E-F 3 tornado carved a path through Cedarville, Ohio. Winds in that storm were estimated at 145 miles per hour. That was enough to destroy a barn and large portions of a home. Seven people survived a direct hit, most likely because they were also underground.
The majority of tornadoes are weaker than an E-F 3, but it is incredibly important to have a plan for the strongest, which should allow you to take cover underground. Go back 40 years and you'll find the tri-state isn't immune to tornadoes as strong as the one in Moore.
Ground was broken on a new hospital in Moore, Oklahoma Tuesday. The old one was destroyed last year.
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