The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 21, 2013

Globe reporter describes scene in Moore, Okla.

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
astefanoni@joplinglobe.com

MOORE, Okla. — Joplin Globe Reporter Andra Stefanoni said the tornado-damaged town of Moore, Okla., is eerily reminiscent of Joplin on May 22, 2011.

“There are wet, muddy mounds of debris as far as you can see,” she said. “We could be in any neighborhood in Joplin two years ago tomorrow pretty easily.”

Countless vehicles — crushed, on their sides and upside-down — are everywhere. Many survivors have a dazed look as they go about collecting their personal belongings and removing debris.

The medical center in Moore also calls to mind the image of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin just after the 2011 storm.

“It looks a lot like St. John’s except on a slightly smaller scale,” Stefanoni said. "There are windows blown out. It is just a skeleton of a medical center now."

The National Weather Service today also said the tornado that hit Moore was a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph, the same intensity as the storm that hit Joplin.