Tornado hits Moore – Live updates
Filed by KOSU News in Feature.
May 20, 2013
5/22 3:41 update: President Obama will visit Moore on Sunday, and will survey the damage, and meet with first responders and victims.
10:24 update: The state Medical Examiner’s office has released the names of 16 of the 24 killed on Monday. 10 children died, including 2 infants. Those killed are:
49 year old Terri Long, 29 year old Megan Futrell, 4 month old Case Futrell, 40 year old Shannon Quick, 7 month old Sydnee Vargyas, 4 year old Karinna Vargyas, 38 year old Jenny Neely, 9 year old Antonia Canderdaria, 8 year old Kyle Davis, 9 year old Janae Hornsby, 9 year old Sydney Angle, 9 year old Emily Conatzer, 9 year old Nicolas McCabe, 9 year old Christopher Legg, Cindy Plumly (no age provided), Deanna Ward (no age provided).
Names of other victims will be released as their next of kin are notified.
5/21 10:20 AM update: The state Medical Examiner’s office says of the 24 killed, 9 were children.
9:15 AM update: The state Medical Examiner’s office has revised the death toll down from 51 to 24, saying missing persons were counted twice in some cases. President Obama just spoke to the nation, saying “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right now.” He added, “The people of Moore should know their country will remain on the ground there for them, beside them, as long as it takes.”
9:16 update: We will continue to update developments as they happen tomorrow morning. For now, a couple resources:
NPR is running a live blog.
The American Red Cross is providing assistance, more information on how to help and where shelters are open here.
And finally, it’s important to remember this all affects us in one way or another. Advice from the American Psychological Association.
8:37 update: Search and rescue operations are still underway, says Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
8:05 update: The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office now says 51 have been killed.
7:17 update: The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed at least 37 are dead.
7:09 update: At least three confirmed dead by Oklahoma Highway Patrol. KFOR is reporting 7 children are dead at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, with many more feared dead.
6:39 update: Deaths have been reported by various media outlets, KOSU has not received official confirmation yet. We’re expecting an update at 7:30 press conference.
6:19 update: The city of Oklahoma City and Moore will hold a joint press conference at Moore City Hall at 7:30.
6:00 update: The National Weather Service now says wind speeds hit higher than 200 miles per hour.
5:40 update: Power knocked out to Draper Water Treatment Plant. Oklahoma City has ordered southeast residents and businesses to stop using water until situation is resolved.
5:20 update: The National Weather Service has assigned a preliminary rating of EF 4 on the tornado in Moore.
5:16 update: KWTV is reporting all children at Briarwood Elementary School in Moore are safe.
4:59 update: Time lapse video of the tornado is here.
4:52 update: OHP’s Betsy Randolph reporting some collisions between responding emergency personnel and cars on Interstate 35.
Around 3 PM, a strong tornado hit Moore Oklahoma, just miles due south of Oklahoma City, cutting a wide swath of damage. At times, the tornado and debris cloud was reported to be a mile wide. Overhead pictures show a number of schools, the Warren Theatres, and hundreds of homes seriously damaged or destroyed.
There’s fear of natural gas leaks and fires because of the destruction. Authorities are asking the public to stay clear of the area. We will keep updating this page.