FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It was a three day stretch of tornadoes across Oklahoma.
On the last day, May 20, 2013, this event produced the most deadly and devastating tornado of the year for Oklahoma and the United States.
An EF-5 tornado formed and moved through the Moore area.
It was a day the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma knew would be dangerous.
They took to every platform to make sure the people were aware of the likely situation.
Severe supercell thunderstorms were expected to develop during the early afternoon hours along a dryline in central Oklahoma.
A little after 1 p.m. a tornado watch was issued for the area.
A storm developed near Chickasha and it rapidly intensified.
The NWS issued the first tornado warning for the Moore storm at 2:40 p.m.
Just 16 minutes later, it produced a tornado on the west side of Newcastle.
According to the NWS, the tornado became violent within minutes.
It tracked east-northeastward across the city of Moore and parts of southern Oklahoma CIty.
In its path were two schools.
Briarwood Elementary School had extensive damage but thankfully no deaths occurred during school hours.
Plaza Towers Elementary School was demolished and unfortunately 7 children lost their lives.
The violent tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes before it finally dissipated near Lake Stanley Draper.
More than 300 homes were damaged along the path
It claimed the lives of 24 people and injured over 200.
The EF-5 tornado carved out a 14 mile path and it had a maximum width of 1.1 miles.
Seven years later, there hasn’t been another EF-5 tornado in the country.