Kelly & Michael: Oklahoma Tornado Devastation
Sadly, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan began the May 21 show on a far more somber note than usual. As many Americans have seen on the news, Oklahoma has been devastated by a deadly tornado, causing 51 confirmed deaths including 20 children. Kelly said that The Daily News headline, “Hell on Earth,” sums up this tragic time in the middle of the country.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time this community has suffered from a major disaster. There have been two similar tornadoes in recent years, including one in 1999. “This is a lot of suffering for one community,” Kelly said. She had been watching the news all night and became very emotional while discussing the latest on children being trapped and a school being completely leveled.
If you’d like to help Oklahoma recover from this latest devastation, please call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Even through the most difficult tragedies, Americans are at their best when we set aside our differences and help those in need.
Kelly & Michael: Meteorologist Bill Evans
Kelly and Michael then spoke with Meteorologist Bill Evans, who explained that tornadoes are an extremely common occurrence in the Midwest Did you know that there are 500 tornadoes per season in this area? There are also two seasons, spring and fall. The tornadoes range in size and shape, but this particular tornado was an EF4, and was two miles wide. The dangerous winds were in excess of about 200 miles per hour. The tornado will now move through the rest of the country, bringing thunderstorms to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Chicago, and later the northeast.
Unfortunately, more tornadoes occur in the United States than any other place in the world. That’s because the U.S. is the meeting point for cold air from Canada and warm air from Mexico.