MOORE, Oklahoma - A monstrous tornado packing winds of up to 200 mph roared through Moore, Oklahoma Monday afternoon, destroying two schools and entire neighborhoods.
Block after block of the community lay in ruins, with heaps of debris piled up where homes used to be. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside.
Entire areas were seen blown apart, with shards of wood and pieces of insulation strewn everywhere. Television footage also showed first responders picking through rubble and twisted metal looking for survivors.
Take a look at this stunning video of what one family found when they came out of their shelter:
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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.
The suburb of Moore was hit hard by a tornado on May 3, 1999. That storm killed 41 people, hurt hundreds, and caused $1 billion in damage. It had the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface. Winds in that 1999 storm were clocked at 300 mph.
Monday's tornado loosely followed the path of that killer twister, which is unusual, according to Kelsey Angle, a weather service meteorologist in Kansas City, Mo. Angle said less than 1 percent of all tornadoes reach a EF-4 or EF-5.