Skip to comments.LIVE Streaming Coverage of Moore, OK, Tornado Search/Rescue/Recovery Ops.
Posted on 05/21/2013 3:21:45 AM PDT by carriage_hill
Search, Rescue & Recovery operations continue. 91 confirmed dead as of 6:15am, EST.
More severe storms are approaching the area, at this minute, according to TV station's weather dept.
The films of the EF-5(?) from yesterday are amazing, scary and gut-wrenching. TV crews have been up all night with rescue workers and first responders.
Salvation Army & Red Cross, plus others providing shelter, food, water to tens-of-thousands displaced by yesterday's twister.
30 sq miles of damage, 2¼-mile wide debris ball. ½-wide funnel. Ground scrubbed clean in many areas. Debris from Moore deposited/coming down in Arkansas and Missouri.
I have seen enough of it on FOX.
It is all so sad...I do not want to see anymore.
N Texas Red Cross is worn out.
They were still working the tragedy in West Tx, then 16 tornadoes in N Texas.
Today is shaping up for more of the same.
Praying for those that have lost Children and other loved ones.... Its gonna be a long hard day for those in OK...
If they've been going at it all night, S/R crews must be about whooped by now.
Another 40 victims found overnight :-((
And the weather map on News9 is showing a whole lot of magenta again this morning.
Best wishes, Oklahoma
Special Weather Statement in effect
EXTREMELY UNSTABLE AIRMASS POISED TO ERUPT IN SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS BY LATE AFTERNOON THROUGH THIS EVENING
RICH LOW LEVEL GULF MOISTURE COUPLED WITH STEEP LAPSE RATES ALOFT HAVE RESULTED IN AN EXTREMELY UNSTABLE AIR-MASS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS EARLY THIS MORNING. AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH PUSHING EAST OVER CENTRAL TEXAS WILL SLIDE A COLD FRONT INTO WESTERN PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS THIS AFTERNOON. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP RAPIDLY BY LATE AFTERNOON
QUICKLY BECOMING SEVERE AS THE FRONT ENCOUNTERS THIS UNSTABLE AIR MASS. THE MAIN THREATS WILL BE FROM LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WINDS
HOWEVER WITH THE EXTREME INSTABILITY PRESENT
ISOLATED TORNADOES CANNOT BE RULED OUT. MUCH OF THE EASTERN HALF OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS WILL BE AFFECTED FROM LATE AFTERNOON UNTIL THE EARLY MORNING HOURS WEDNESDAY. IN ADDITION
RAINFALL AMOUNTS MAY AVERAGE 1 TO 3 INCHES WITHIN THE HEAVIEST STORMS PRODUCING SOME LOCALIZED FLOODING. HEIGHTENED CONCERN EXISTS ACROSS THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR THIS EVENING
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF BURNET
AUSTIN AND GIDDINGS. EROSION OF THE CAPPING INVERSION COUPLED WITH EXTREME INSTABILITY ALONG THE FRONT AND AN INCREASING LOW LEVEL JET
MAY LEAD TO VERY LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADOES. THE SYSTEM SHOULD EXIT THE REGION OVERNIGHT TONIGHT
EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING
WITH RAINS AND SEVERE WEATHER ENDING FROM THE WEST.
Nor do I. FR is better used focusing on the disasters emanating from Washington.
We should know what we are looking at better by noon.
Moore is almost no more..
Has anyone else lost all the content on the ‘Comments’ tab ?
The latest official read is that it was a EF-4.
However, after seeing the Wichita EF-5 back in the early '90's, yeah, it's an EF-5.
NWS is due out later to determine whether EF4 or EF5, but from “scouring” of ground, weathercasters are calling it EF5.
Whatever it was, it was a bad one.
U of Oklahoma opened a lot of their housing facilities to those who needed shelter.
Walmart Emergency Center was loading trucks and contacting ‘associates’ in impacted areas. WMT is good about providing major help during such crises.
News9 TV station in OKC area was taking donations yesterday (food, money, basics). They said the money would be handed to the Red Cross for ‘use’.
The width and strength of that tornado and the horriffic damage it caused looks alot like the Plainfield, IL tornado. That one was just down the road from where I live.
If anyone knows of a good recovery effort to donate to (NOT Red Cross - Local in OK if possible) please post that information on this thread. I have to leave for work but will be checking back during my lunch break.
Every hour we learn of someone we know who lost their home or worse. Our house is full of family with either damage or can’t get to their home. My wife and I sold our house last month and moved to an acreage with a cellar and land. We used to live in Westmoore neighborhood where Briarwood elementary was. Old house is gone. We pray for the family that bought our old house.
Here's a list via OKC News9 of organization's offering shelter/relief for the tornado refugees, and it's a good bet that any of them would be grateful for direct donations.
Over 90 deaths, but just over 100 were rescued from rubble piles overnight.
We will probably hear of additional ones in each category in the coming days.
As this storm line moved through NW Arkansas, it had lost much of its severity, but still caused localized damage.
Sadly, it took another viction. A 19-year old male was killed by storm debris in Springdale, Arkansas.
Glad that everyone is okay. Things can be replaced; lives can’t. Prayers for you all.
Salvation Army is there; donate to them.
Be back later...
Medical Examiner revises death toll number down to 24, at present.
Fox going wall to wall with OK story even though there is no new news. I guess they know what puts eyeballs on screens. I get that. But, some balance would be nice from an organization that claims to bring that.
Adding a bit of good news to this sad, awful event.
You mention having a cellar; doesn’t everyone out in that neck of the woods have either a basement or some sort of storm cellar?
I’m a California Native, born ‘n’ raised, but I’ve got family out in the Twin Cities of MN and they always talked about heading to the basement in the event of a tornado.
Guess I sort of assumed that, in any region where a tornado might be at all likely, your property would either have a cellar, or a basement, or you’d sell a car, or the plasma TV, or the dining room furniture — you’d just do whatever it took to have one dug out for you.
I can tell you unequivocally; if it eventuated that I had to move my family out to ANYWHERE that tornado activity was at all probable, if the house we bought didn’t have one already, there WOULD be a storm cellar or basement on the premises before we moved in. Just NO WAY I’d EVER take the chance of needing one and not having one.
I saw the storm chaser video of this monster that hit Moore, yesterday, and I simply cannot imagine being in the path of that thing, and having NOWHERE to hide but the bathtub. Out here in CA we have a word for that sort of thing; we call it “suicide.”
“Moore is almost no more..”
Finally got in touch with my friends in Prague, about 50 miles from Moore. He was packing up his chainsaws and heading to Moore. He’s probably there by now.
For the last few years we've been working toward the goal of buying a place like the one we have now that's better suited for self-sustainability. Well water, back up generator, shop, acreage, cellar and the wife's got a salt water swimming pool to sit by while the dark days approach.
Better news amid all the sadness. Hard to find words to express that...
I saw the forecast of those building, around 6am, on KFOR-TV Weather/News stream. Crap, they sure don’t need more of it.
Saw that on TV this morning; lucky doggie.
“If anyone knows of a good recovery effort to donate to (NOT Red Cross - Local in OK if possible) please post that information on this thread.”
The Oklahoma Baptists have teams there.
There are also personal shelters that bolt to the slab, $3 to $5k.
Almost nothing above ground is going to survive a slow moving F5. At Jerrel, Tx, even the asphalt was stripped from the roads.
The water table is within a few feet of the surface?
When I was a kid, our family lived over some sort of underground waterway, but it was significantly deeper, so it apparently did not present a problem. When a tornado took our house apart, we were in the back of the basement, with 2 ft. thick reinforced concrete walls around us. (My Dad “overbuilt”.) Some bricks from the exterior structure punched partially through the floor, but none actually came all the way through into our basement.
The positive of that particular location was that we had markedly better well water than the neighbors on either side of us (~ a couple hundred feet away either way, as I recall.)
It’s easy to come up with quickie solutions about what should be done. But circumstances are all different resulting sometimes in that glib thought being irrelevant and unfeasible. As an engineer I have been on both ends. I make glib comments from a distance but I’ve also worked on things in detail and had to explain over and over again XXXXX cannot be done.
It’s best to assume people there know their best rules of thumb. There have been people there a long time and I think they have an idea of what they can do.
That happened in the tornado that hit us, before it got to our neighborhood.) Based on comparisons with reports of other storms and their "modern" ratings, I'd guess "ours" was upper end F3, maybe a low end F4. Later it became an F5, but it was out of our area at that point.
Power in Moore is coming up in the S.E. commercial area where the command center is set up.
Post office destroyed, Moore medical center looks like Murrah Building with cars stacked in parking lot. People walking around as you cannot travel in the affected area. Media row is in front of Dicks Sporting goods. That area with the Home Depot, Target, has power but is not accessible to the public due to the area being used as a staging area. Walmart although on Generator power is not accessible either but should be soon.
So people have to rely on the Red Cross for basics.