Rick Riley, vice president of transmission for Entergy, described the new facility as a "nerve center" and said it would be a "hardened" facility able to withstand an F-5 tornado
On May 3, 1999, England covered the F-5 tornado
that ripped through Oklahoma City.
had a population of 505 when the F-5 tornado
struck, killing 82 and injuring 260, thus involving 68 percent of the populous.
The steel, glass, and maple interior centers on an expansive atrium and staircase, while the entire building is constructed to withstand even the most powerful F-5 tornado
was virtually wiped off the map by an F-5 tornado
, with winds in excess of 200 miles per hour and a funnel that was more than a mile wide.