From the ABC 7 Weather team

Oklahoma City tornado aftermath

May 25, 2011 - 01:17 PM
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A car smashed into the side of a tree and left hanging off the ground. Other trees whittled into leafless nubs. A house folded into a taco. A dazed trucker next to his slayed vehicle.

Ever notice how in the wake of bad tornado hits the media is full of stories comparing the damage to a bomb going off? Well, that would be because the damage from an EF-4 or EF-5 is similar to the effects of a 15,000-pound Daisy Cutter. For evidence, look no farther than the below video showing the aftermath of a tornado in El Reno, Okla., yesterday.

Or maybe “tornadoes” – crews are currently surveying the damage from at least six twisters that sprouted up in Oklahoma during the afternoon and evening. (Photos.) Bone-crushing hail up to three inches in diameter was noted by the National Weather Service (that would be “tea cup”-sized hail, according to the government’s accepted definition). At least fifteen people died in the Midwest, bumping up this year’s tornado death toll to more than 500. It has been the deadliest tornado season since 519 people perished in 1953.

The scene Tuesday in El Reno, about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City: A car smashed into the side of a tree and left hanging off the ground. Other trees whittled into leafless nubs. A house folded into a taco. A dazed trucker next to his slayed vehicle. And that poor limping cow – it looks like it was about to topple over before the camera pulled away. Get ready to see more of this stuff today; the risk of severe weather in the Midwest is high, and at least one tornado has already been sighted. Live-chase videos are available here.

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