Skip to comments.Severe Weather Outbreak, Day 2 (OK TX KS MO MI for starters) - Moore, OK devastation
Posted on 05/20/2013 12:46:11 PM PDT by dirtboy
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Storm related fatality in Springdale, AR.
Debris hit a vehicle, killing a 19 year old male.
There was one who died in Texas last week whose body was on the street and the intestines were strung out on the street. I think I have that right. Nothing could have saved that person.
Well, that does happen sometimes. They will likely be reprimanded if they do. They have to remember that they can’t help anyone if they fall victim to falling debris too.
Heh....now that's original. I'll make sure to find out what the proper protocol is before approaching La Casa JRandom :-)
The NC Baptist Men have offered assistance, and have responders on alert and ready to go to Oklahoma.
That’s very true. Sadly from the pancake description, That’s probably going to be true of the children buried under this rubble.
Ok the wind started picking up here, and now we have rain, thunder and lightning, so it’s our turn for what remains. I am going to shut down in a minute and head for the basement bedroom for tonight.
OOPs. Just lost the satellite feed. If the lightning gets to close I’ll be unplugging the computer. In case I don’t post any more tonight.
Looking at that little boy pulled from the rubble, it’s amazing any of those kids survived.
I feel bad for the folks likely buried (to some degree) in their houses..thankfully there does not appear to be very many fires.
Stay safe, don’t want to lose you.
Couple of unusual tornado videos....both audio and video.
Here’s a too close for comfort video...in the debrie field with it coming directly toward the guy... Moore OK.... Visual and audio...
Debris from Moore Ok Tornado fell in Branson, MO. 250 miles
5 minutes of footage into a minute,....watch it spin back up at the end as well...creepy!
showing the mile-wide tornado roaring through the suburb.
I have a pretty safe bed room located near the back of the basement. It has a loft next to it that the kids use to play on, but can also sleep on.
If we have a little warning, we can all scramble under the loft. Inside basement area with double walls and very sturdy loft to catch falling debris. We keep an axe and a sledge hammer there too. Just in case we have to hack our way out.
Tornadoes are not to be messed with. With all the EF5s we may have to look into hardening things even more.
Awesome, I raise my glass to you!
My gggg uncle was Erastus “Deaf” Smith.
Also related to Thomas Miller, Alamo defender, Gonzales, TX. He was one of the 31 that rode in as reinforcements.
Good chance of rain there tonight and tomorrow morning. Apparently a northern cold front has setup and the warm humid air from the south is rising and then rain falls. From KFOR.
They might need sump pumps and generators.
Debris from Moore Ok Tornado fell in Branson MO. 250 miles away.
The time compressed video appears to be at the tail end of the tornado. Notice how it appears to be pulsating just before it shrinks into a rope and vanishes.
....”The water level where I am is too high for a basement. Even a storm shelter would be a close call before hitting water”....
I understand the ground in the Moore area doesn’t make underground a good idea.
I had a home that sat on the water table.....we concreted the entire basement a second level up with a sump pump.....but when a hurrican hit it crept over that second level even with the sump pump in operation.
I think that’s the photo of the shelter the owner spoke of on the news, saying.... it took four men on the inside to hold that door from being ripped off.....and the outside handle was all mangled from the tornado ripping at it.
It was reported the school was built in the 60’s. Also that many of the students had been moved to a nearby church.....makes you wonder if they didn’t have time to move them all as hoped for. We will know in time...and how many students were in the school this day.
My take is they all did what could be done under the circumstances and what they had.
51 dead ...21 children from Fox interview.
40 more in transport to hospital.
I’ve never seen anything like that signature. It’s chilling just watching it on radar.
Interviewed individual was saying that even though they were in an underground concrete shelter....the force of the tornado was ripping at the door allowing debrie to enter the shelter, and hitting them, as they hung onto the door...
I think none are in a position to judge how people prepared or handled this storm....for ‘everyone’ who went through it was all about surviving no matter how the picture might be painted by those who didn’t.
Yes, I found it fasinating...it’s the only video I’ve seen yet that has it condensed into a minute...but really gives an amazing take...it looks like it was taken from a plane as well.
I also saw a picture taken of the cell from an airplane window on ‘top’ of it.
It’s really quite amazing the photos and videos that were taken of this particular tornado. I still get the chills seeing it’s rotation and how ‘violent’ it was.
....”We keep an axe and a sledge hammer there too. Just in case we have to hack our way out”.....
Good thinking ahead like that.
Stay safe and let’s hope you don’t have to go through more than rain and wind.
Talking about the refugees (10,000+) just walking to... somewhere.... I think the only way to handle that is for folks that can, with undamaged homes invite folks in. I guess I would favor those with small kids, and perhaps still sleep with one eye open. But blankets and pads on the living room floor, sharing some food and water for a night or two until roads open up, etc.
I heard/saw that too. One of my sons told me he did too. He said he saw clip of the people walking to ????, but he wasn't sure there were "10,000". Now, I can't find the story anywhere. I was trying to follow up on it. All those people whose homes were destroyed had to go someplace. I also heard that the University of Oklahoma opened its doors as a shelter; but how would they get there? I haven't seen the first bus loading people off to anywhere. The cars in Moore appear to be a mangled mess. Where are all those displaced people? What happened to the exodus of refugees?
Remembering this was a F5 Tornado is important in how people view those who went through this. .... it was a wicked beast of a thing....ripping, tearing and drilling itself against everything in it’s path.
I have no doubt those living in Oklahoma, and accustomed to Tornado warnings, could not have anticipated it would be this bad. Very sad for all there...and the death rate increases.
Wow! And in 1925 the strength of Buildings and Homes were much less.
I recall hearing this one tracked over 60 square miles....but I don’t think we have all the final reports yet either.
We are just under thunderstorm watch, so I am not too worried, but in case things change while I’m asleep, I’ll still be sleeping in the basement.
Again O.T. - the Tri-State tornado of 1925 was responsible for portions of railroad tracks (the iron rails) from Southern Illinois - being found in Indiana (across the river). They didn’t have any markings to track them with but they just asked around as far as who was missing railroad tracks...and nobody was in Indiana.
Just keep safe..these tornados come quick once they get rolling.
Well aware, always take precautions.
I’m up here in Western Pa. next three days expecting rain storms here and that’s it. But it rains here alot. Heard last year this area gets more rain then the state of Washington! I believe it!
I am in Missouri. Our town has been hit often enough that they call us tornado alley. It’s also on the New Madrid fault line. Felt the 3.0 quake we had a while back, but no damage.
That’s probably the biggest thing that we are not as prepared as I would like, but it’s kinda hard to retro fit a house for earthquakes.
Wind is picking up again, I am going to sign off now. Stay safe.
Injured family walks with their children...
Horse rescued from rubble...
Newborn Kittens rescued....
Additional 32 sideshow..... touching photos....children rescued....
Ok...BE Safe....and sign in tomorrow so we know you’re still ok.
In a strange twist of fate, I found myself evacuating to my basement shelter at 3:00 AM last night with the tornado siren blaring. I did look out. Couldn't see squat with trees, howling wind and sheets of rain. It was the leading wall edge w/ no lightening yet. No tornado touched down, but some of the Bradford Pears were snapped off and other limbs snapped.
and now on to day 3
As I looked at the school that was destroyed, I couldn't help but wonder how the outcome might have been different if there would have been a safe room with concrete walls and roof in the center of the building. The space could otherwise function as an auditorium or cafeteria.
OK. It’s morning, and we only had strong winds and lots of thunder, lightning, and rain.
GGGG-grandpa Caleb Bostick. GGG-grandpa Sion Bostick was at the first battle of Bexar. He and cousin Robison (another 300) were in the scouting group who brought in Santa Anna at San Jacinto. It’s good to hear these stories.
Weather is going to kick up again this evening so stay safe.
Oh good. Safe!...
The school was built in the 60’s...not one of the newer ones which explains it pretty much...
My family is from Oklahoma. From Antlers up to Guthrie, and east and west of those places throughout the state. I recieved text message several hours after the storm hit that all were okay! Nobody lives in Moore any more, but several were in the path. Prayers up for Oklahoma!
Yep.....I enjoy vidoes, but so often you cannot examine them or get “the moment” needed to pause at. Photos give an understanding and a closer look.....a much needed “pause” of the heart.
Several of them made me cry; like the National Guard guy crying! And the grandma with her cat; grandpa in his rocking chair; all the children photos! Citizens hiked up on those piles of rubble searching... inspiring and heart-wrenching!! Again, thanks!!
I just meant you joined in the chorus. I didn’t think you were being mean. :-)