The tornado that hit Moore Oklahoma on Monday possessed the kind of destructive force usually only found in the safety of mindless summer blockbusters. Officially ranked an EF5 – and packing winds in excess of 200 miles per hour, the twister took lives and rearranged topography. It also destroyed billions in property- including a 1968 Corvette Sting Ray owned by Billy McElrath of Oklahoma City, who had only recently received the car as a birthday gift from his wife.
The image above is not from Monday’s twister but is one of the most jaw-dropping examples of such a storm’s power – a gnarled piece of wood driven through a concrete street curb. This is the kind of immutable force that one never wants to mess with, but which some folks face with alarming regularity. Being a West-coaster myself, I’ll stick with an occasional ground rumble rather than the sky itself trying to beat the snot out of everything in sight.
One of the things that we all can do now is everything we can to help the survivors rebuild their lives. To help do so, you can make a donation to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief Fund, or – even easier – you can send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief Fund by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. The donation will show up on your wireless bill and you need to be 18 or older, or have parental permission, to donate this way. If you change your mind, (why would you?) text the word STOP to 90999.