The devastation from what is being described as a mile-wide tornado is horrifying according to local news. The live feed and raw footage of the aftermath suggests casualty rates will be significantly higher as the evening progresses...
TULSA, Oklahoma - A huge tornado touched down on Monday near Oklahoma City, and the National Weather Service urged residents to immediately take cover as a massive storm system in the middle of the country threatened to pummel as many as 10 states.
"The tornado on the ground right now is huge and has hit through populated areas," Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on CNN. She said it was too early to know the extent of the damage, but live television showed extensive destruction in the area.
Social media is using the hashtag #OKWX
Raw footage of the aftermath (via The Globe And Mail)
and the Live Feed is here:
So is it time to petition Congress to finally ban tornadoes? If one goes according to the mortality of the 10 deadliest tornadoes, the answer is a resounding yes. Via AP, here is a list of the 10 deadliest tornadoes in the United States since 1900:
- 695 deaths. March 18, 1925, in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
- 216 deaths. April 5, 1936, in Tupelo, Miss.
- 203 deaths. April 6, 1936, in Gainesville, Ga.
- 181 deaths. April 9, 1947, in Woodward, Okla.
- 158 deaths. May 22, 2011, in Joplin, Mo.
- 143 deaths. April 24, 1908, in Amite, La., and Purvis, Miss.
- 116 deaths. June 8, 1953, in Flint, Mich.
- 114 deaths. May 11, 1953 in Waco, Texas.
- 114 deaths. May 18, 1902 in Goliad, Texas.
- 103 deaths. March 23, 1913, in Omaha, Neb.
Then again, few things are as short-term stimulative for the economy as violent outbursts of nature, so let's not be rash here...