The picture above is a Google Streetview image of the Moore, Oklahoma neighborhood adjacent to the Plaza Elementary School. Yesterday a massive tornado completely leveled the school, the neighborhood, and a substantial portion of the town:
Rescue crews were searching Tuesday for survivors and victims of a massive tornado that had devastated a suburb of Oklahoma City, grinding up entire neighborhoods and pulverizing two elementary schools.
The swath of destruction in Moore, Okla., was up to a mile wide and 20 miles long. The state medical examiner’s office told the Associated Press early Tuesday that at least 40 more bodies were expected, in addition to the 51 people already confirmed dead as a result of Monday afternoon’s storm.
As you can see, it was a modest but certainly not rundown neighborhood. Now it’s rubble.
Words fail at a time like this. They’re claiming a death toll of 91 at this point but that’s almost certain to rise. My heart goes out to all of those who’ve lost homes or loved ones to the storm.