One killed in Arkansas as tornado moves north-east from Dallas [POST#13]


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Aug 18, 2010
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One of the most powerful tornadoes on record has hit the US - the images looks horrific. Reports that 91 people have been killed, including 20 children. Any PPers near the city - do stay safe. Worst hit was Moore, south of the city where winds reached around 200mph.
Oklahoma Tornado


Rest in peace:53:....
A massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, killing at least 91 people with winds of up to 200 miles per hour (320 kph) that flattened entire tracts of homes, two schools and a hospital, leaving a wake of tangled wreckage.

Rescue workers raced against the setting sun to find survivors in Oklahoma as the dangerous storm system threatened as many as 10 US states with more twisters.

The Oklahoma medical examiner confirmed 91 deaths, making it the deadliest US tornado since one killed 161 people in Joplin, Missouri, two years ago, according to the National Weather Service.

There were 70 reported deaths in all of 2012. Some 20 to 30 school children were missing and feared dead beneath the rubble, KFOR television reported, citing unnamed officials from the scene.

Police and fire crews pulled third-graders from the devastated Plaza Towers Elementary school in Moore, a KFOR television reporter said from the scene, and aerial video showed teams sifting through the rubble left behind.

“I have never seen anything like this in my 18 years covering tornadoes here in Oklahoma City. This is without question the most horrific,” said Lance West, a reporter for KFOR.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center provided the town with a warning 16 minutes before the tornado touched down at 3:01 p.m. local time (2001 GMT), which is greater than the average eight to 10 minutes of warning, said Keli Pirtle, a spokeswoman for the center in Norman, Oklahoma.

The notice was upgraded to emergency warning with “heightened language” at 2:56 p.m., or five minutes before the tornado touched down, Pirtle said.


Television images showed blocks of homes leveled by the powerful tornado, cars piled atop one another and buildings on fire. The National Weather Service assigned the twister a preliminary ranking of EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, meaning the second most powerful category of tornado with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph). Briarwood Elementary School, which also stood in the storm's path, was all but destroyed.

On the first floor, sections of walls had been peeled away, affording clear views into the building, while in other areas, cars hurled by the storm winds were lodged in the walls.

While the school was a wreck, nearby playground equipment stood undamaged, though littered with rubble. Across the street, people picked through the remains of their homes, looking for any possessions they might salvage. At least 45 people were injured, according to officials of four hospitals.

“They (injured) are coming in minute by minute,” said Integris Southwest Medical Center spokeswoman Brooke Cayot. Of the 19 injured there, seven were in critical condition, seven serious and five listed as fair or good, Cayot said.

The University of Oklahoma Medical Center had received at least 20 injured. St. Anthony Healthplex South in Oklahoma City said it received four patients and Midwest Regional received four. Moore Medical Center sustained significant damage.

“The whole city looks like a debris field,” Glenn Lewis, the mayor of Moore, told NBC. “It looks like we have lost our hospital. I drove by there a while ago and it's pretty much destroyed,” Lewis said.

Fire, rescue and emergency medical teams from across the state converged on Moore, and members of the National Guard, activated by Governor Mary Fallin, were on the scene, said Terri Watkins, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

“They are going to going to go house to house, building to building to determine whether anyone is trapped,” Watkins said.

“If anyone is trapped we want to begin pulling them out as quickly as possible.” The massive twister struck at the height of tornado season, and more were forecast.

On Sunday, tornadoes killed two people and injured 39 in Oklahoma.

Witnesses said Monday's tornado appeared more fierce than the giant twister that was among the dozens that tore up the region on May 3, 1999, killing more than 40 people and destroying thousands of homes. That tornado ranked as an EF5, meaning it had winds over 200 mph (320 kph).

The 1999 event ranks as the third-costliest tornado in US history, having caused more than $1 billion in damage at the time, or more than $1.3 billion in today's dollars. Only the devastating Joplin and Tuscaloosa tornadoes in 2011 were more costly.

The National Weather Service predicted a 10 per cent chance of tornadoes in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. It said parts of four other states - Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa - have a 5 percent risk of tornadoes.
That thing was two miles wide.

41,000 people are missing.

Like the Wrath of God....
Heard about this. They were showing living coverage as the rescue team was going through the rubble. Pulled out 20 dead children from the rubble. Gut wrenching stuff. Thoughts and prayers to the people of Oklahoma.
was it forecast-ed?
Yes. It missed friends of ours by a few miles. On facebook they kept on making comments about the bad weather and rushing home. Then when it hits and you start seeing the news that their area was hit it isn't a nice feeling. Kind of de ja vu.
One killed in Arkansas as tornado moves north-east from Dallas

Crews searched on Monday through the rubble of buildings torn apart by a tornado that ripped through the Dallas area the night before, causing damage to homes and businesses and knocking out electricity to tens of thousands of people.

Radar confirmed the tornado hit the ground near Love Field Airport and moved north-east through the city around 9pm on Sunday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Godwin.

There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries early Monday, according to a release from the city of Dallas, but fire-rescue spokesman Jason Evans said three people were hospitalized for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.

The storms also caused damage in Arkansas and Oklahoma as the system moved to the north-east early on Monday. Power was out at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport in Highfill, about 155 miles north-west of Little Rock. The airport said flights were still departing, though security screenings were being done manually.

Tornado warnings were in effect in far eastern Arkansas near the Mississippi river as the storm system moved to the east. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee could see severe thunderstorms later on Monday.

In Texas, heavy damage was reported in north-west Dallas and Richardson. Nearly 140,000 electric customers were without power as of 4am, according to Oncor’s online outage map. The electric utility said storms across East Texas had caused significant damage to power lines.

Around 65,000 of the affected electric customers were within Dallas, according to the city, which said it would open a shelter.

Crews searched through homes and businesses that were accessible for about six hours overnight, but were hampered by “limited access and lack of proper lighting”, Evans said. A second set of teams were to resume search efforts in daylight.

Seven people escaped a structure that collapsed in north-west Dallas, but Dallas Fire-Rescue were searching to see if anyone was left inside, Evans said. WFAA-TV reported that a convenience store collapsed in the storm, but the clerk told the station that everyone who was inside made it out safely.

Evans said the department had also received multiple calls from people injured in their homes by broken glass.

On Twitter, Dallas Fire-Rescue said one of its own stations sustained significant damage during the storms overnight, and included photos that appeared to show a collapsed roof and debris. Evans said none of the firefighters at Station 41 were hurt, but said the roof was torn off by the high winds.

A radio station, KNON-FM, went off the air as the studio suffered major damage from the tornado. Lew Morris, one of the hosts of Reckless Rock Radio said in a Facebook message that the power at the station went out first, followed by the “distinctive whistle” of a tornado within three minutes.

“We then heard the building shaking and could hear the glass windows shattering everywhere along with debris banging around. We waited until all the noise died down,” Morris told the AP. “We walked out to see the studio he was just broadcasting from destroyed.”

Godwin, the meteorologist, said the size and severity of the tornado won’t be known until crews arrive to survey the damage. NWS warning coordination meteorologist Jennifer Dunn told the AP there may have been two or more tornadoes in north Texas, but reiterated that the extent wouldn’t be known until later on Monday.

North of Dallas, the city of Richardson said in a release that many roads “used by thousands of morning commuters” will be closed while workers clear debris and repair downed traffic lights.

The city of Sachse, a north-east suburb of Dallas, said in a release that six houses were damaged from the storms, but no injuries were reported.

Citing extensive damage to campuses, the Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools.
25 signals stopped working in morning here, but city recovered so quickly , stark contrast to Chicago but diff challenges i guess.