The satellite image above is of the supercell storm in Oklahoma that caused over 20 deaths, hundreds of injuries and immense damage to residences and public buildings.

This time-lapse video shows how the storm evolved over time:

While this part of the US is not unfamiliar with deadly tornadoes (see this map of killer tornados), further preparations could be made to help prevent loss of life and injuries. If extreme weather events continue to happen more frequently then ways to manage and strengthen infrastructure is essential.

In merely 39 minutes the Moore tornado ripped through Central Oklahoma causing billions (USD) in damage. Which begs the question how do you prepare for a hazard of this magnitude with little if any forewarning?  There are some general tips on the web for preparation that are certainly useful for home owners, but how do you protect the poor specifically and those who do not have adequate shelter?  Observing the path of the tornado’s destruction it seems fortunate that not more people were killed.

This is an image of the landscape showing the scar left from the tornado. According to NASA, ‘the tornado track appears as a beige stripe running west to east across this image’. Vegetation is coloured red.

landscape

NASA Earth Observatory

Further Reading

Why Twisters Hammer Tornado Alley. Scientific American

Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in the United States

National Preparedness Report. FEMA