Live Report on the May 20, 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado. Updates will be posted as available. Keep checking in. As of 6:14 pm EST storm trackers are still tracking additional tornadoes.
Last updated 2013-05-21 1:55 p.m. EST. See below.
2013-05-20 6:35 p.m. EST According to KFOR Channel 4’s live video coverage the EF4 tornado that created a 20-mile path during its 40 minute rampage destroyed much of Moore, OK including a hospital and two schools with the children sheltering inside. Reports and live video at the time showed the debris cloud to be around 2-1/4 miles wide, causing a swath of destruction as far as the eye could see.
According to continued coverage from The Weather Channel and KFOR, Search and rescue efforts are in progress at Moore’s Plaza Towers Elementary which has been completely destroyed. Preliminary reports are that most of the 4th-6th graders had been released from the school prior to it being hit. Inner hallways had been deemed as the safe zones, and it has been learned that third graders were sheltering in a hallway when the tornado made a direct hit on the building.
Several students and a teacher were pulled out alive from the debris. One report describes a teacher having been found laying across three children in an attempt to protect them from the debris. While there are no official reports, witnesses voiced that they didn’t think the teacher would survive.
6:47 p.m. EST – The injury report at 6:47 p.m. EST from Integra Southwest ER was 26 with at least 2 being children.
One reporter near the Warren Theater reported 4 confirmed deaths.
Some areas of the city have been cordoned off due to gas leaks and debris.
7:00 p.m. EST Reports have come in that the power is out at the water treatment facility. Residents are being instructed to not drink the water.
7:47 p.m. EST Two dozen children are reported as being killed. Recovery efforts are underway to recover their bodies from under the rubble at the school.
8:19 p.m. EST 37 people are reported dead now as a result of today’s tornado.
On a positive note, it has been reported that all students and faculty at Briarwood Elementary are safe.
Loved one in the disaster area? SafeandWell.org is a website where citizens can register to let their families know they are okay.
9:02 p.m. EST The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office is now confirming 51 dead. According to the live reporting from The Weather Channel, the death toll is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue.
2013-05-21 1:55 p.m. EST – Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin held a press conference a short time ago to provide updates on the situation in Moore, Oklahoma. She assured that search and rescue efforts continue to go on and will not stop until all people are accounted for.
At this time there is no confirmed death toll. There is some confusion about the death toll numbers. While the confirmed dead were taken to the medical examiner, it has been reported that some have been taken to funeral homes. Current estimates, according to The Weather Channel’s live reports, show the death toll at 24, with 9 being children.
According to the governor, there have been 237 reported injuries, though the number is expected to be higher. 33,000 area residents are still without power as Oklahoma Gas & Electric works diligently to restore power. Fmr. Gov. Frank Keating was quoted by TWC as saying, “Up to 20,000 could be displaced.”
Information updates are being posted on Oklahoma’s OKStrong website. (okstrong.ok.gov)
President Obama has approved the governor’s request for FEMA assistance, and individuals affected by the disaster should call 1-800-621-FEMA. Local centers are being established for residents to complete the application for assistance and receive disaster updates.