What Are Some Economic Effects of Tornadoes?

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Recovery cost estimates following a tornado include first responder and medical assistance quotes, the rebuilding of houses and community structures, such as schools and businesses, and the replacement of roadways and utility equipment.

The EF-4 twister that cut a trail 2 miles wide and 12 miles long through Moore, Oklahoma, in May of 2013 ranked as one of the top five costliest tornadoes in the history of the United States. When buildings and properties are left in ruin by the devastating effects of a tornado, it takes months to assess the economic impact. It can take years to rebuild and replace everything that was damaged or destroyed.