During the afternoon of May 20, 2013, a massive tornado swept through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado was on the ground for 17 miles before dissipating, and is reported to have been 1.3 miles wide. Plaza Towers Elementary School, Briarwood Elementary School, and the Moore Medical Center were leveled by the May 20th tornado, along with hundreds of homes and businesses. At the end of the day, 24 people had lost their lives, including seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary. One young mother, who asked to be named only as Heather, was among the few parents who were able to retrieve their children from school before the tornado struck.