Massive tornado strikes Oklahoma City

A powerful tornado struck a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma over the past few hours. Roofs were torn from buildings, homes leveled, and entire neighborhoods flattened. The number of dead and injured is not yet known.

At least one school was in the tornado's devastation zone in Moore, Oklahoma. Lance West, a reporter for CNN affiliate KFOR, says there were people pulling students from a classroom at an elementary school heavily damaged by the tornado. There were no immediate reports on the condition of the children. "Our worst fears are becoming realized this afternoon," Bill Bunting, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center, told CNN.
KFOR has live updates here.


  1. we have been warned that the storms will be getting worse and worse as our planet heats up…..we are all sitting in a Petri dish being heated on a Bunsen burner

  2. That’s Tom Cole’s district; he supported Sandy relief.  I’m not sure any other Republicans from the Oklahoma congressional delegation did.  The people who sent Cole to Washington deserve federal assistance.  Let this be a shot across the bow for the others.

        1.  Yes. And this needs to be mentioned every single time, because people who no doubt expect federal assistance keep sending reps to DC who think otherwise.

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        3.  So this report is not accurate then ?

          Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn will seek to offset federal aid to victims of a massive tornado that blasted through Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday with cuts elsewhere in the budget.

          “That’s always been his position [to offset disaster aid],” a spokesman told the Huffington Post Monday night. “He supported offsets to the bill funding the OKC bombing recovery effort.”

          Coburn, who intends to retire in 2016, joined his fellow Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) last year in supporting an amendment that would have substantially cut a package of $60 billion dollars intended for reconstruction of the East Coast in the wake of Superstorm Sandy

          1. No, that report sounds accurate.  I was including Oklahoma’s Senators when I mentioned “[m]uch of the Oklahoma delegation” opposing Sandy aid.

      1. Absolutely.  So the good folks here shouldn’t be doing it.  I know, it’s kneejerk to do so.  But there’s a collapsed school possibly with kids in it.  Tacky.

        1.  If there were a real bipartisan consensus on disaster relief, this wouldn’t be politicized.  Unfortunately, that’s not the reality we live in.

        2.  Why is there any school in Oklahoma without a storm shelter?  Dig hole, pour concrete, bolt on roof.   In 15 minutes everyone could be safe.  Build the damn shelters.

      1. OldBrownSquirrel
        That’s Tom Cole’s district; he supported Sandy relief.  I’m not sure any other Republicans from the Oklahoma congressional delegation did.  The people who sent Cole to Washington deserve federal assistance.  Let this be a shot across the bow for the others.

    1.  Why?  Politics steers government, and government determines who gets disaster aid and how much.  If you don’t take care of the politics, you abandon the people in need to the politics of those who don’t care.

  3. Here, let me bring this back to why I give a shit and so should you — family:  my uncle lives in McLoud, that’s a little town between OKC and Shawnee.  And I have a cousin just south of OKC, outside Purcell.  In a double-wide trailer.  With lots of dogs she’s rescued. 

  4. Moore, Oklahoma was hit. Two schools were destroyed. Plaza Towers is the elementary school where many kids were trapped and died. Death toll is up to 55 now.

    Brings back memories of May 3rd, 1999. Was hunkered down in my bathtub with a helmet on that day, playing a GameBoy so I wouldn’t feel scared… thankfully, it passed us.

    1. Overnight the medical examiner’s office revised the ‘confirmed death’ count down to 24, though they expect it to increase.

      Last night I read that one of the schools reported all students accounted for and alive. The Plaza Towers was reporting all 4,5, and 6th graders alive and accounted for as well.

      The other bit of good news from this whole mess is the report that the folks in Moore had 25-30 minutes warning (according to one outlet I saw/heard yesterday). If so, that is a huge improvement over what we used to get (I’ve lived in both the great plains and the mid-west, and was in Louisville in 1973).

    1. Talking charities

      Is there a family-assistance charity working with the victims?  I’ve checked your navigator for “Oklahoma Tornado” but no dice.

      Thanks.  Want to help.

  5. Now THIS is where we talk about licensed ham radio operators. During  every disaster in the nation, natural or man-made,  ham ops have stepped in to assist first responders. One low-power station, even if banging out messages in Morse code, has done more to help others than a thousand masters at World of Warcraft.

    1. While I appreciate the desire to talk up ham radio, I don’t think it’s necessary to denigrate those with other skills. After all, the skills you’ve listed are not mutually exclusive.

  6. So sorry for the families…so many of the victims being kids makes this tragedy even more unfortunate.

    I can only imagine what a major tornado strike must be like; I’ve had my share of earthquakes, and that’s bad enough…but Mother Nature sure has some vicious tricks up her sleeve.

    The problem we seem to have as a culture is once the emergency is past, some entity must be held accountable and/or the victims culpable of their own misfortune.

    “The Army Corps of Engineers built flawed levees!” ‘Oh yeah? If Those People had left when they were told to, they wouldn’t be dead now!’

    “Hurricane Sandy? Pfft…building so close to the ocean is plain stupid because the sea is vengeful and angry and hates human life…everyone knows this.”

    And someday when San Francisco shakes and burns, some people will say “Why did those homosexuals, Chinese people and rich techies build their homes over a fault line? That’s what they get!”

    But today we have this. A just and caring nation should not resort to nit picking and shit talking. Rescue the trapped, heal the injured and clear the rubble. And loosen the purse strings, you back biting penny pinching political potentates! If there comes a time when we find the school where those children died was somehow shoddily constructed, then may the sword of Lady Justice aim for the appropriate necks. But all too often terrible things…just happen. All the foresight in the world can never stop it all. Let us do what we can to make things right.

    All I can say to the citizens of Oklahoma affected by this disaster; I wish you well. Solace and speedy recovery.

  7. I’m from Tulsa, but know the OKC area fairly well. My brother had a friend who died in the 1999 tornado. They had to use dental records to ID his body as it was unrecognizable. It makes me sad to see it happening again like this.

    You’d be surprised how few underground storm shelters and homes with basements there are in Oklahoma. I think it’s largely due to the underground water levels being so high in many places, and the fact that flooding after storms is pretty common. My mom has to bail her storm cellar out every so often after a bad storm or a long week of rain. Fortunately, she doesn’t live anywhere near the area affected yesterday.

    1. There must be a solution to the water issue.  Like 20 foot wide steel flying saucer shaped structures girdered into the ground.

    2. Yes, and the red clay doesn’t help. It tends to expand and shrink a bit. But the biggest reason is that we are a poor state. And unlike up north, basements are practically a structural requirement due to the ground freezing in the winter, most houses here are built on slabs.

      We put in a storm shelter when building our house in hopes of getting partially reimbursed through FEMA, but by the time we got finished, the money had dried up.

      1. In Tornado Alley at least, the schools should be built to BE a shelter. To me, this looks like the future of schools: “… A Monolithic Dome makes a school that can’t be beat for safety. It not only meets but exceeds FEMA’s requirements for a structure that provides near-absolute protection.
        Monolithic Domes are successful survivors of tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes. They can withstand most man made disasters and are fire-resistant, termite-proof and rot-proof…. ”

  8. The tornado was massive.  It killed at least 51 people, including at least 20 children, decimating homes, businesses and a pair of elementary schools in the suburb of Moore.

  9. In Tornado Alley at least, the schools should be built to BE a shelter. To me, this looks like the future of schools:

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