A “large and deadly” tornado has hit the south of Oklahoma City this afternoon causing chaos and destruction amongst the suburb of Moore. The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the second most powerful type of twister.
Buildings have been destroyed, a theatre has been taken over, and two elementary schools, Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary School, have been severely damaged. Warning to Gulf Coast surfers to stay away from the beach while storm warnings continue. The Surf Channel urges readers to help the tornado victims in need by donating to the Red Cross tornado fund.
Below is raw footage sent in by William Weaver from KOCO news.
Click here for more live footage at the scene of the devastation.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, thunderstorms are one of the 7 dangers of the beach because of the lightening. Anyone planning on surfing during a thunderstorm because of the crazy swell it may bring in, think again! In the United States, an average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning. Wait 30 minutes until after the last thunder crack before going back to the beach.