A ghastly, mile-wide tornado touched down in suburbs near Oklahoma City on Monday, leveling homes, businesses and schools in Moore. There were no immediate reports of fatalities or injuries, though the images from a local TV helicopter on scene showed monsterous destruction.
The funnel cloud could be seen for miles, creating a debris field several miles wide. Weather officials estimated the strength of the tornado to be an F4 or F5.
Doppler radar estimates suggest that twister has the potential to produce 200 mph.
An unfortunate irony: The suburb of Moore was hit hard by a tornado in 1999 that included the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface, killing 41 people.