10 of the Worst Tornadoes in United States History

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Tornado’s Damage to the Economy

  • Tornado’s actual cost: $2,000,000,000
  • Cost adjusted to 2019 dollars: $2,286,875,800

The Moore tornado reached EF5 status at times as it tore through Moore, resulting in 24 deaths and 207 injuries. The storm was accompanied by large hail and high winds, which contributed to the damage in the area. Businesses, schools and residences were all affected — some with more devastating results than others. For example, much of Briarwood Elementary, which had students present, was destroyed. However, no fatalities occurred. In another part of town, a wall at Plaza Towers Elementary School collapsed, killing seven children.

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