Moore, OK EF5 Tornado Damage

Moore, OK EF5 Tornado Damage

May 21, 2013 Off By Brian

The day of the Moore tornado was the last day of my little storm chasing vacation. After I struck out in storm chasing, I went and hung out in Norman for the rest of the evening. Then I tried to find a hotel room. What I hadn’t thought about was the many, many displaced people because of the tornado. Luckily, a friend was kind of enough to let me crash at her apartment.

The next morning, I made it a point to take I-35 north on my way home so I could see some of the damage. Unlike when I had visited Joplin, Missouri three weeks after the tornado hit, I was not able to actually drive around Moore. So the only pictures I was able to get were of what I could see from 35.

My drive through Joplin was a shocking and hard hitting drive, because I had never seen EF-5 damage in person before. My drive through Moore was a little less shocking because I wasn’t able to see as much. But it was more hard hitting, because I used to work in Moore. Fortunately, the Home Depot I worked at was spared, but places I used to drive by and visit were gone.

It’s one thing seeing tornado damage, it’s another thing when it’s part of your home.