Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013

Oklahoma tornado season 2013


Several people are reported to be dead following tornado in Oklahoma. Meteorologist expects Oklahoma tornado season 2013 to be more bad. Tornado news updates, pictures below

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Update 23:00 UTC
-Weather service has confirmed tornado that hit Moore, Okla., was a top-of-the-scale EF-5.
-Only 1 out of 1,000 tornadoes reach EF-5 levels.

Update 14:30 UTC
-Medical Examiner's Office has lowered the fatalities number to 24 including 9 children. The earlier reported may have included some double reported casualties making death toll higher, official said. The New York Times had earlier reported 91 fatalities.
-President Barack Obama has pledged urgent government help for Moore, Oklahoma tornado victims. Below is Associated Press you tube video.



Update 13:00 UTC
-Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office has just received 24 bodies. Official report yet to come.
-Flags will be lowered at the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday morning in honor of the tornado victims.

Update 05:10 UTC
-According to The New York Times, Oklahoma tornado death toll has further risen to 91.
-Currently City of Moore has no running water.
Below is the aerial photo of tornado damage to Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma; Steve Gooch / AP

Oklahoma_tornado_damage_aerial_photo

Update 03:15 UTC

-US President Obama has declared major disaster in Oklahoma after devastating tornado, AP reports. The declaration means federal emergency aid will supplement local recovery efforts.
-Quoting Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb, BBC reports 20 children among the 51 confirmed dead!
Moore tornado video below.



Update 03:00 UTC
Below is how you can help tornado victims:
RED CROSS
The Oklahoma Red Cross is asking people to donate by texting Red Cross to 90999 which will be a $10 donation.
SALVATION ARMY
Disaster response teams have been send by  the Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division.
You can donate online: donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
FEED THE CHILDREN
Feed The Children is accepting donations from the public on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center, 29 N McCormick. Feed The Children is also preparing emergency disaster relief supplies.
Donate online: www.feedthechildren.org/disaster
REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF OKLAHOMA
People are asked foe rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts.
Donations cane be made at: www.regionalfoodbank.org
OKLAHOMA BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief teams are active in Shawnee, Edmond and Little Axe. They are helping in tornado recovery efforts.
Donation can be made at: www.okdisasterhelp.com
OKLAHOMA BLOOD INSTITUTE
Donate blood, save life
More information at: www.obi.org

(Data source NewsOk.Com)

Update 2013/05/21; 02:15 UTC
-Following Amy Elliott, the spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City medical examiner, Oklahoma tornado has claimed lives of 51 people. The death toll is again expected to rise.
-Tornado has injured 145 people others including 70 children. Several children were pulled out of rubble alive at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.
-Following the National Weather Service, the tornado's preliminary classification was an EF-4, with winds up to 200 mph.
-Tornado heavily damaged Briarwood Elementary School, 14901 Hudson Ave. off of SW 149. Several people were evacuated from Moore Medical Center.
-Tornado shelters have been opened by Red Cross at:
 

St. Andrews United Methodist
2727 SW 119th St
OKC

Moore Community Center

201 S Howard
Moore OK

Newcastle Storm Shelter

851 N Carr
Newscastle

Absentee Shawnee Tribe Little Axe Resource Center

Carney Senior Center
301 E Maple
Carney

Shawnee Athletic Center
(Shawnee High School)
1001 North Kennedy
Shawnee, OK

Source:  www.redcross.org plus NewsOk.Com

Below are some pictures of damages caused by Oklahoma tornado season 2013.
This photo shows A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Okla., following a tornado Monday, May 20, 2013; AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Moore_oklahoma_tornado_pictureAnother photo of tornado cars damage; Photo by Paul Hellstern.

Tornado-cars_damage_oklahomaThis photo shows rescuers recovering a horse from the remains of a day care center near SW 149th and Western on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma; Steve Sisney Photo, The Oklahoman.

Tornado_animal_resued_oklahoma
Below is a photo of a child pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, Monday, May 20, 2013; AP Photo Sue Ogrocki

Moore_tornado_school_photo
This is another photo of a child pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, Monday, May 20, 2013; AP Photo Sue Ogrocki.

Moore_tornado_rescue

Update 02:30 UTC

-Oklahoma governor has declared state of emergency in 16 counties after tornadoes.
-Tornado claimed life of one people in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. Two people are still reported to be missing at a trailer park.
-Meteorologist expects Oklahoma tornado season 2013 to be more bad in coming days.
-The outbreak of tornadoes touched Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas. 

Update
An earthquake with magnitude 2.9 has also been reported at 20:46 with epicenter located 11km ENE of Luther.

Update
As of 9 pm CDT, there have been nearly 350 reports of severe weather since 7 am including 26 reports of tornadoes, The Weather Channel has tweeted.

At least one people died in tornado in Shawnee, Oklahoma, east of Oklahoma City, Fox News reported.

A half-mile wide tornado was reported near Oklahoma city. Weather Service had already issued tornado emergency alert saying, "You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter."

Several tornadoes touched down from Oklahoma to Iowa.

Tornado damaged multiple houses in eastern part of Oklahoma county. Tornado damage has also been reported near Wichita, Kansas.

According to National Weather Service, at least19 tornadoes have touched down in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas by early Sunday morning.

Granbury, Texas tornado claimed several lives some days ago.

Photo:  Picture of the Shawnee Tornado; Tornado Titans

Original post: Natural Disasters List May 19, 2013
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