US: Oklahoma tornado: Search for survivors continues. At least 24 dead (inc 9 children), at least 230 injured, unknown missing – 210513 1830z

Officials in Oklahoma have revised to 24 the number of bodies recovered after a tornado devastated the town of Moore, Oklahoma. Earlier, 51 people were reported killed.

Officials attributed the higher number to counting bodies twice in the chaos following the storm that struck late Monday. They said additional bodies could yet be recovered.

At least 240 people were injured.

The tornado with winds of 320 kilometers an hour demolished an elementary school and reduced homes to piles of splintered wood in the suburb of Oklahoma City. Rescue workers pulled several children alive out of the rubble of two schools that were hit. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said “hearts are broken” for parents looking for their children. She deployed the state National Guard and extra police to assist with rescue operations.
Tuesday, 21 May, 2013 at 14:24 UTC RSOE

Heavy rain is currently hampering search and rescue efforts in Moore, OK. State Governor confirms at least 230 injured & that there may be more missing. President Obama:

“We will back up our prayers for the people Oklahoma with deeds for as long as it takes”

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Oklahoma tornado: Search for survivors continues


The BBC’s Alastair Leithead reports on the “vast, post-apocalyptic” landscape left behind

Emergency workers in the US are continuing to search for survivors of the gigantic tornado that tore through a suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday.

Rescuers worked through the night and into the morning in the rubble in Moore, the worst-hit area.

Entire neighbourhoods were flattened by winds of up to 200mph (320km/h).

At least 24 people were confirmed dead, including nine children, the chief medical examiner said. Earlier, officials said 51 were confirmed dead.

“We have got good news. The number right now is 24,” Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, told reporters.

“The prior figure of 51 dead may have included some double-reported casualties.”

At one point, as many as 91 people were feared dead.


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A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, OklahomaPlay


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President Barack Obama says Americans will support victims of the Oklahoma tornado by “opening our homes and hearts to those in need”.

At least 24 people are known to have died in the disaster, including nine children, some of whom were killed as they sheltered in a school.

President Obama told emergency services they would have “all the resources they need at their disposal”.

In a televised address, he said: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma.

Tornado damage
Joe Scarborough took these pictures of the devastation in Moore

“Our gratitude is with the teachers who gave their all to shield those children, to the neighbours and first responders who raced to help as soon as the tornado passed and to all those who searched as darkness fell.”

Meanwhile, it emerged that in Moore – one of the areas worst hit by the tornado – plans for a safe room to protect residents from severe weather had been put on hold.

In February, authorities said they were struggling to secure funds for the shelters and described requirements set out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a “constantly moving target”.

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Entire streets have been destroyed by the tornado

Mick Cornett, the Mayor of Oklahoma City, described the tornado as “the storm of storms”.

As it struck neighbourhoods in and around Moore, ferocious winds of up to 200mph flattened entire streets, rendering thousands of people homeless in just 45 minutes.

The death toll, originally put at 51, was later revised to 24 when officials admitted some of the casualties may have been double-counted.

Plaza Towers school
This before and after picture shows the devastation at Plaza Towers school

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said it was “difficult to get a handle on exactly how many people may still be missing”, while a police spokesman told a news conference that the number of dead could rise in the coming days.

President Obama said: “The people of Moore should know their country will remain beside them for as long as it takes.

“There will be homes and schools to be rebuilt, businesses and hospitals to reopen, parents to console and first responders to comfort. They will need our continued love and attention.

“In time, we will need to fill the empty spaces with love and laughter.”

A child is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Rescuers free a young girl from the wreckage of Plaza Towers

At Plaza Towers Elementary School, seven children died in a pool of water when the two-mile wide tornado tore off the roof of the building and knocked down walls.

Terri Watkins of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said at least 100 people have been pulled alive from heaps of rubble and twisted metal.

Governor Mary Fallin said: “We’ve seen the resilience, courage and strength of our people. We will rebuild and we will regain our strength.”

As rescue teams continue to search for survivors, forecasters have warned of more severe weather to come.

Oklahoma tornado map
The path taken by the tornado as it swept through Oklahoma

Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth said areas east and south of Oklahoma City were most at risk, with other parts of ‘tornado alley’ also threatened.

“Tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and large hail are possible throughout the threat area,” he said.

Meanwhile, the heartwarming moment a survivor was reunited with her lost dog was captured during a live TV interview.

Barbara Garcia was reliving the terror she felt when the twister obliterated her home, when her dog crawled out from beneath the rubble.

More follows…


5/20/13 Moore, OK Devastating Tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

Large, violent tornado plowed through Moore, OK. We intercepted the tornado from within a half mile by South Moore High School. Complete destruction…prayers needed!

Moore, Oklahoma Tornado from May 20, 2013.

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Published on 20 May 2013

This is video captured of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013. This video contains from beginning to end of the lifecycle of the tornado.

Moore Tornado 2013 – Moore, OK HD Video Compilation

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Published on 20 May 2013

Colt Forney and Sean Cobb shoot video of the deadly Moore, OK tornado on Monday, May 20, 2013.

5/20/2013 Moore to Depew, OK Wall Cloud Tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

Scene 1: Moore wall cloud on east side of city near Midwest City.

Scene 2: Possible tornado near Meeker, OK

Scene 3: Brief tornado south of Depew, OK

Shepard Smith Delivers Emotionally-Charged Report On Oklahoma Tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

A deadly tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday, destroying a school and devastating a community.

According to the Associated Press, dozens of deaths from the Oklahoma tornado were reported by the state medical examiner’s office. The deadly weather followed Sunday’s tornadoes, which killed two in Shawnee, Okla.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency, which CNN reports as a rare occurrence.

The Associated Press has more coverage of the tornado below:

Officials at two hospitals say they’re treating nearly 60 patients, including more than a dozen children, after a massive tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City. Integris Southwest Medical Center spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY’-ot) said 10 of 37 patients being treated at that facility Monday are listed in critical condition. Twelve are in serious and 15 others are listed in fair or good condition. Five of the patients are children, including two who came from the Plaza Towers Elementary School, where an Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled from the rubble. Cayot could not confirm the children’s conditions. Spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says another 20 patients of various ages are being treated at OU Medical Center. He says eight of them are children.

Moore, OK Tornado – May 20, 2013

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Published on 20 May 2013

Video of the Moore, OK tornado of May 20, 2013 as it was doing damage. I was with fellow research scientist Adam Clark of NSSL/CIMMS (he is filming). We were located at SE 24th St. and S. Eastern Ave, about a mile away.

Dog survives Moore OK Tornado

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Talks About Moore, OK Tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spoke at a press conference about the Moore, Oklahoma tornado and the next steps to be taken in the aftermath.

May 20 2013 Moore, OK Tornado Damage Aerial Footage

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Published on 20 May 2013

May 20 2013 Moore, OK suffered a direct blow by a devastating tornado which took a similar path as the May 3, 1999.

Talala, OK Tornado May, 20 2013 The Storm Patrol

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Published on 20 May 2013

We intercepted this tornado near Talala, OK it lifted just before it got to highway 169. For more videos and to follow us live check out, @thestormpatrol on twitter or

Oklahoma Reporter Emotional Report on Tornado that Destroyed Elementary School

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Published on 20 May 2013

MOORE, Okla. — A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise.

The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, a community of 41,000 people south of the city. Block after block lay in ruins. Homes were crushed into piles of broken wood. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside.

The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the second most-powerful type of twister.

More than 120 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 70 children.

Rescuers launched a desperate rescue effort at the school, pulling children from heaps of debris and carrying them to a triage center.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin deployed 80 National Guard members to assist with search-and-rescue operations and activated extra highway patrol officers.

Fallin also spoke with President Barack Obama, who offered the nation’s help and gave Fallin a direct line to his office.

Many land lines to stricken areas were down and cellphone traffic was congested. The storm was so massive that it will take time to establish communications between rescuers and state officials, the governor said.

In video of the storm, the dark funnel cloud could be seen marching slowly across the green landscape. As it churned through the community, the twister scattered shards of wood, pieces of insulation, awnings, shingles and glass all over the streets.

Volunteers and first responders raced to search the debris for survivors.

At Plaza Towers Elementary School, the storm tore off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal.

Children from the school were among the dead, but several students were pulled alive from the rubble. Rescue workers passed the survivors down a human chain to the triage center in the parking lot.

James Rushing, who lives across the street from the school, heard reports of the approaching tornado and ran to the school, where his 5-year-old foster son, Aiden, attends classes. Rushing believed he would be safer there.

“About two minutes after I got there, the school started coming apart,” he said.

Tornado Moore Oklahoma May 20th 2013

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Published on 20 May 2013

Time Lapse video of the Moore OK Tornado: May 20th 2013. Watch the full destruction to rope and dissipation.
As of 9 pm, the death toll was 51, at least 20 were children. These numbers are climbing. The children and faculty found dead in Plaza Towers Elementary School were in the basement, drowned from flood water. This will be the deadliest twister on record and proof that funding of the NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center and warning systems should never be considered to be cut!


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Moore, OK Tornado *Spencer Basoco*

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Published on 20 May 2013

Violent tornado striking Moore, OK from Spencer Basoco.

Massive Tornado moves through Moore Oklahoma 200 MPH Winds 5-20-2013

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Published on 20 May 2013

We have gathered information related to Monday’s tornado on the south and eastern sides of the Oklahoma City metro area.

Each note is time-stamped. This information is relatively unfiltered.

The severe weather has passed through the OKCPS boundary area. The OKCPS transportation department is resuming bus drop offs and all elementary and middle schools will dismiss at this time. (3:44 pm)

Students will be held at Moore schools until the weather passes. There is a plan in place for shelter. (2:56pm)

Newcastle Police: Getting numerous reports of tornado on ground. (2:53pm)

Due to tornado warning in the metro all OKCPS elementary schools and middle schools will not be dismissed until further notice. OKCPS will alert all parents and students when the schools will be released. (2:52 pm)

Warr Acres having street flooding problems. (2:41 pm)

Mid-Del Schools are holding their buses until the storm passes. (2:35 pm)

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office: Residents in Little Axe are being allowed to go back to their homes with the exception of those who live on Barker Drive. Downed power lines are the reason for the delay in allowing them to return home. Two intersections remained closed. They are Indian Hills and 168th and Indian Hills and Woodland Way. (12:24 pm)

Moore, OK Deadly Tornado from KFOR live broadcast (May 20, 2013)

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Published on 20 May 2013

This is a recording of the local KFOR broadcast of the deadly Moore, Oklahoma tornado from its origination just outside of Newcastle to the final spinning rope nearly 40 minutes later near Lake Stanley Draper.

May 20th, 2013 Oklahoma tornado damage about 1 hour after.

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Published on 20 May 2013

Sorry for the shaky video, I was checking vehicles. Tornado ripped out the engine block of a car and took away a manhole covering. I’m not sure what that loud hissing sound was, but it was coming from where I start the video and I found it better to probably stay away from it.

Talala, Ok Tornado. May 20, 2013

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Published on 20 May 2013

Tornado in Talala, Oklahoma

Moore, Ok Tornado, 20 May 2013

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Growing number of dead in Oklahoma City tornado

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Published on 20 May 2013

As seen on KOIN 6 News at 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, 2013.

ME: I Expect Death Toll From OK Tornado to Rise Significantly Higher (1AM 5/21/13 Update)

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5/20/2013 Moore, Ok Tornado. Just a few minutes before touchdown. Left once sirens went off.

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Tornado Oklahoma city 320 Km/h…. 20/05/13

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tornado en oklahoma grabado por un amigo.

Tornado Emergency in Oklahoma

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Published on 20 May 2013

WXK85 Oklahoma City, OK

Moore, Oklahoma Tornado: Assessing the Injured

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Published on 20 May 2013

Hospital worker Brook Cayot discusses treating victims of the Oklahoma tornado.

Moore Tornado Video: Entire Neighborhoods in Oklahoma Devastated

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Moore,Oklahoma tornado 5.20.13 Storm Tracker:Worst Thing Ever Seen in My Life

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published on 20 May 2013

Donations are being taken —
The Salvation Army are taking tornado donations at KFOR-TV

146th ASOS aids search and rescue operations for Moore tornado

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Published on 21 May 2013

Oklahoma National Guard Airmen from the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron perform search and rescue missions at night using thermal imaging technology.

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Goaty would like pass his heartfelt condolences to those who lost their loved ones, and to those hurt or otherwise affected, following yesterday’s tornado. Thinking also of those involved in the search and rescue operation, hoping they are able find more people.


2 thoughts on “US: Oklahoma tornado: Search for survivors continues. At least 24 dead (inc 9 children), at least 230 injured, unknown missing – 210513 1830z

  1. Scientists concluded the storm was a rare and extraordinarily powerful type of twister known as an EF5, ranking it at the top of the scale used to measure tornado strength. Those twisters are capable of lifting reinforced buildings off the ground, hurling cars like missiles and stripping trees completely free of bark. Residents of Moore began returning to their homes a day after the tornado smashed some neighborhoods into jagged wood scraps and gnarled pieces of metal. In place of their houses, many families found only empty lots. After nearly 24 hours of searching, the fire chief said he was confident there were no more bodies or survivors in the rubble. Authorities were so focused on the search effort that they had yet to establish the full scope of damage along the storm’s long, ruinous path. They did not know how many homes were gone or how many families had been displaced. Emergency crews had trouble navigating devastated neighborhoods because there were no street signs left. Some rescuers used smartphones or GPS devices to guide them through areas with no recognizable landmarks. The death toll was revised downward from 51 after the state medical examiner said some victims may have been counted twice in the confusion. More than 200 people were treated at area hospitals. By Tuesday afternoon, every damaged home had been searched at least once, Bird said. His goal was to conduct three searches of each building just to be certain there were no more bodies or survivors. The fire chief was hopeful that could be completed before nightfall, but the work was being hampered by heavy rain. Crews also continued a brick-by-brick search of the rubble of a school that was blown apart with many children inside. No additional survivors or bodies have been found since Monday night, Bird said. At least 24 people were killed in the twister, including at least eight children. One of the most hard-hit buildings was Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, where police spokesman Jeremy Lewis said seven children died under a collapsed wall. Another child was killed at Briarwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City.

    Wednesday, 22 May, 2013 at 03:22 UTC RSOE


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