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21 Dead – Moore, Ok. Tornado

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21 have been confirmed dead in the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma earlier today. According to officials that number will rise. The two-mile wide tornado has been classified as at least an E-4 category – the scale is from zero to five.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is again expected to rise. Elliott says children are among those killed by the storm.

The city of Moore, Okla., was hit by a mile-wide tornado on Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service says it had winds up to 200 mph.

Officials say a small hospital in Moore was damaged by Monday afternoon’s tornado.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says the Moore Medical Center sustained damage.

Cain also said the hospital was evacuated and all 13 patients were transferred to other facilities.

Cain said she didn’t know the conditions of the patients or the extent of the damage at the hospital, which is southwest of Oklahoma City.

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From WGHP-MyFox8

At least 20 of the dead were children, including at least seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, which lay directly in the path of the monster storm’s wall of wind.
Seventy-five students and staff members had been huddled at the school when the tornado hit, CNN affiliate KFOR reported.
As nightfall descended, determined searchers in hard hats dug in the debris for those possibly trapped, but authorities described the work as a recovery, not rescue, effort. Search lights illuminated their efforts.

Live news updates are available at KFOR.

Information on assisting victims:

KFOR – How to help tornado victims

Viral Read – Red Cross plus local media information H/T Becca Lower (@BeccaJLower)

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Early video footage from KFOR:

Moore Love – Oklahoma Rallies After Deadly Tornado

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May 20, 2013 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma

For the second day in a row, Central Oklahoma was hit with severe weather and deadly tornadoes. Moore, Oklahoma is no stranger to the danger of tornadoes. On May 3, 1999, the city of Moore, which is just South of Oklahoma City, was devastated by an EF5 tornado that killed 46 people. The tornado today, which followed a strikingly similar path, has already been estimated at least an EF4, and reportedly already has a higher death toll. It may be days before we have an official number of fatalities.

As rescue efforts continue, and families wait to be reunited, the residents of Oklahoma City and surrounding areas have rallied to provide for the victims of this devastating storm. Several area locations have set up donation centers, and the response from the community has been overwhelming. Local news channel 9 ( KWTV) set up a donation center a their station and, at the time of this writing, volunteers were still unloading donated water, shovels, nonperishable food, clothing and more from the generous residents in their viewing area.

To assist: Text: STORM to 80888 for Salvation Army. Text REDCROSS to 90999 for Redcross. Text FOOD to 32333 for Reg. Food Bank.

America’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of Moore tonight, and the images below should serve to remind that kindness and compassion abound. ‘Merica.

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Line to donate at Channel 9 News collection center

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Massive tornado makes direct hit on elementary school; many children feared dead

Tornado in Moore Oklahoma Plaza towers elementaryOn Monday afternoon, the previously quiet tornado season became violent and many schoolchildren in Moore, Oklahoma are likely the victims.

The estimated EF-4 tornade had winds that were speculated to be 200MPH+ and cat a path of destruction about 2 miles wide. It made a direct line for the Plaza Towers Elementary School where 75 students and an unknown number of faculty were in attendance.

Thirty students were reported to have been rescued as the parents of the remaining students waited outside to hear about their own children.

Moore is a suburb of Oklahoma City, OK, the city that fell victim to the F-5 tornado in 1999.

Reports are surfacing that while the 4th through 6th graders are accounted for, many children and staff from the kindergarden through third grade are still missing.

Confirmed reports list 51 dead and more than 60 injured. City officials have warned that the death and injury tolls will likely increase.

An estimated 38,000 customers are without power in the Oklahoma City area.

A Moore resident said “I was driving home and I saw the funnel, cars were stopping.”

 

*this story is developing and will be updated as more information comes in*

Updates (all times ET):

9:05pm: Water treatment is offline due to loss of power at the Draper water treatment facility. Generators are being brought in and water service should be returned to non-damaged areas by about midnight tonight.

9:10pm: Officials report that, unlike some news reports said, they are still in rescue mode attempting to find survivors. Some news reports had reported that operations had turned to recovery.

9:49pm: Up to 24 children missing, unknown if they are alive or dead. Rescuers and search dogs are hard at work to find them.

9:51pm: Officials say that children may have drowned due to water flooding into the storm-ravaged school

10:38pm: 65 Patients in OU trauma hospital. 45 are children

11:06pm: Some speculating that this could be worse than May 1999 tornado

9:45am: Death toll revised from 51 to 21. Revision due to incorrect counts.

CBS video:

CNN Video of the Moore, OK tornado: