Scenes from devastating Oklahoma tornado

By Mo Sadjapour, Genesis Photos
May 21, 2013

The tornado that struck Moore, Okla., was a rare EF5, with wind speeds in excess of 200 mph. Adding to the destructive force of the twister, it was likely two miles wide and stayed on the ground for 40 minutes. View images of its aftermath.

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Wooden posts mark the addresses of houses destroyed by the tornado.
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Binh Du stands in front of his home, where he lived for 7 years. The walls are still standing, unlike many of his neighbors. “I’m a lot more lucky than a lot of other people,” he says.
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Pages of a bible found in the ruins of Binh Du's home.
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Children's toys are scattered among the destroyed homes in Moore, Okla.
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Trail of destruction left behind by the massive tornado that ripped through Oklahoma City on Monday.
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Greg Lewis surveys the scene after a deadly tornado destroyed his storage unit in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013.
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Families sort through the rubble of their homes in Moore, Okla., on May 22, 2013.
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Ruins and remains from the twister's wrath.
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The tornado leveled walls, tore the doors from the cupboards, but plates remained neatly stacked on the shelves.
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Aftermath of the tornado in Moore, Okla.
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Damage assessments showed the tornado had winds over 200 mph at times.
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An angel placed on a mangled vehicle in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013.
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Vehicles are twisted into heaps of metal after the tornado cut through the city.
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Debris, rubble, and damage left from the aftermath of the tornado.
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Sign posted at the exit of First Baptist Church of Moore, Okla., distribution center. The church is serving as a distribution and relief center for residents affected by the devastating tornado that touched down on Monday, May 22, 2013.
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Volunteers at the church load up a pallet of donated goods to be distributed for tornado relief on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
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Charles Lynch leaves plastic sheeting, supplies, and food aid from the First Baptist Church of Moore, Okla. The church has become a relief and distribution center after a massive tornado touched down in Moore on May 22, 2013.
The morning after the tornado a torn flag is draped over a tree that withstood the damage.
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The deadly tornado destroyed homes and severely damaging two elementary schools.
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An estimated 24 people are believed to be dead, including 7 children.