Less than a week ago, a series of tornadoes caused several deaths in Texas, and last night, a single EF-4 tornado, reportedly a mile-wide in diameter with winds reaching 200 miles per hour, has claimed 24 lives in Moore, Okla., which lies just south of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Early damage predictions are unspecific, but several expect the number to rival a tornado that struck Moore, Okla., in 1999, which resulted in 36 deaths, 8,132 damaged or destroyed homes and 260 such businesses, leading to $1.4 billion in damages.

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