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Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma

 
 
jespah
 
Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 03:44 pm
Hope everyone in A2KLand is okay - I seem to recall Eva is an Oklahoma gal.
http://www.wcvb.com/news/national/tornado-touches-down-in-oklahoma-city-area/-/9848944/20214732/-/29ye7vz/-/index.html
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6798808355_162082f88c_z.jpg
 
Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 03:47 pm
@jespah,
Eva is in the big apple right now, and her folks are in Tulsa, considerable east of OKC.

wishing all the okies well just the same.

ugly weather out on the prairie this week...
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 03:48 pm
@Rockhead,
Whew, re Eva.

The pics are skeery - big fires.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 03:50 pm
@jespah,
Moore is suburban OKC.

lotsa folks there...
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 03:51 pm
@Rockhead,
I wonder, is okie there?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 03:53 pm
@jespah,
I'm not really sure.

I got the impression he was in a small town somewheres.

we'll hope he's safe anyways...

(and hope all that excitement stays south of me tonight)
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 03:59 pm
@jespah,
actually, looking at the radar, Eva's folks prolly should start hunkering down about now.

that storm is on it's way through Tulsa in the next hour or so...
Ticomaya
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 04:11 pm
@Rockhead,
I hope everyone's safe. I do not miss this time of year in tornado alley.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 05:18 pm
Copying this from Mame's New York thread where she and Eva were making plans for their visit to NY.

Eva wrote:

Mame - May 15 to 25
Eva - May 20 to 27

Gathering at Joe Nation's at 6:30 on Wednesday, the 22nd.
Really hope you can be there!!!


Eva lives in Tulsa and the school she teaches at is also in Tulsa.


Here's a map and current radar from Weather Underground so you can see the geography.


http://radblast-aws.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/radar/WUNIDS_map?station=INX&brand=wui&num=1&delay=15&type=N0R&frame=0&scale=1.000&noclutter=0&t=1369091728&lat=36.05935669&lon=-96.01549530&label=Tulsa%2C+OK&showstorms=0&map.x=400&map.y=240&centerx=400&centery=240&transx=0&transy=0&showlabels=1&severe=0&rainsnow=0&lightning=0&smooth=0
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chai2
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 05:28 pm
This tornado was a MILE wide and was on the ground for 20 MILES, for 40 minutes.

Crap
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 05:29 pm
From CNN's Facebook page:

CNN
Two elementary schools were hit by the Oklahoma tornado in Moore. All students from Briarwood Elementary have been accounted for, authorities say.
Rescuers are still pulling people from the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 06:22 pm
They're now reporting that at least 37 students and teachers are dead in the Plaza Tower school.


KFOR-TV 24 MINUTES AGO
Very sad news from KFOR’s Lance West: search and rescue said there don’t appear to be any more survivors at Plaza Towers Elementary. Seven children’s bodies were removed from the school, and they believe 20 to 30 more children may be inside, but do not believe there are any more survivors.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 06:34 pm
@Butrflynet,
Well, that's awful.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 07:12 pm
The latest death toll I saw is 51. I had no idea it had been this awful until a few minutes ago.
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Eva
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 09:05 pm
Yes, I'm in NYC now, so I missed it. Hubby says the storms missed Tulsa--whew!

My sister and I are trying to reach our brother, who lives near OKC not far from the area hit...but all the phones are down...
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 09:37 pm
@Eva,
Relieved to hear from you, Eva.

News reports are saying that the phone systems, cell and landline, are overwhelmed. They're saying the best way to communicate is via text or social media. You might be able to reach your brother that way if he's got those options available.

Let us know if there's anything we can do to help you connect with family and friends.
firefly
 
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Reply Mon 20 May, 2013 09:42 pm
One commentator said this may have been the most powerful tornado ever recorded. I have no idea if that's true.

The devastation is incredible.
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 21 May, 2013 07:06 am
I saw a toll of 90-something.

This is what I have seen so far in terms of giving aid -

TEXT BASED DONATION INFORMATION: STORM to 80888 for The Salvation Army USA.
REDCROSS to 90999 for Redcross
FOOD to 32333 for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Each text is for $10 charged to your phone bill.

Of course other charities will make themselves heard/known. Beware of scams.
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Eva
 
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Reply Tue 21 May, 2013 07:47 am
@Butrflynet,
Thanks, Butrflynet. We reached our brother this morning. He is fine, but uncomfortably close to the affected areas. We're still trying to reach a cousin who lives in Moore. AT&T is bringing in temporary towers because all the cell phone towers in the area were knocked down.

Some of the debris floated down from the sky in Tulsa, I hear. Unbelievable. Tulsa is 100 miles away.

I sure picked a good day to leave Oklahoma.
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revelette
 
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Reply Tue 21 May, 2013 08:51 am
I've been watching this most of the morning, it's terrible to see how much was just wiped out so fast. I'm sorry for all those affected by it.
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