“There are entire blocks that are wiped clean to the foundations,” Lojka said. “It went through residential areas, business areas. We know a hospital is heavily damaged, two elementary schools are heavily damaged.”
The damage may top $2 billion, Charles Watson, research and development director at Kinetic Analysis Corp., a hazard-research company in Silver Spring, Maryland, told CNBC. The 1999 outbreak in the state caused an estimated $1.2 billion in damages, according to the National Weather Service.
Left, a vehicle lies upside down in the road after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20.