This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Viewing the swath of total destruction left by Monday’s tornado in Moore, Okla., it’s hard to believe anyone could have survived. But as of this writing, the death toll was a surprisingly low 24 – that is expected to rise – even though the twister was a mile-wide, top-of-the-scale EF5 with winds of more than 200 mph.
That’s likely testament to one important factor: Storm trackers gave residents about 16 minutes warning that a tornado was imminent. They had time to take refuge, either in underground shelters or reinforced interior spaces that …