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Midwest USA tornadoes
Tornado watch issued for North Texas, including Dallas Ft Worth
tornadoes touch down in western counties
May 15, 2013 Update at 9 p.m.: About 37 flights have been diverted from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, said spokesman David Magana. Delays are expected through the night.
Update at 8:55 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: National Weather Service meteorologist Jesse Moore said he expects some tornadoes to continue to develop for a few more hours. Dallas County could get hit, but might skirt the brunt of the storms, he said.
Update at 8:48 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: About 3,000 Oncor customers are now without power east of Grand Prairie.
Update at 8:46 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: WFAA reports homes have been leveled in Hood County.
Update at 8:39 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Southwestern Dallas County is now under a tornado warning.
Update at 8:30 p.m. by Tristan Hallman: Arlington is believed to be in the path of a tornado, WFAA reports.
WFAA also reports that Granbury’s Rancho Brazos subdivision has also been evacuated due to storm damage.
Update at 8:06 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Tornado warning now in effect in Tarrant and Johnson counties.
Tornadoes have touched down in Pecan Plantation (a residential town near Granbury) and northeast of Decatur.
Update at 8 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: NWS reporting baseball-sized hail in Granbury not far from the town’s high school.
Update at 7:43 p.m. by Tristan Hallman: A tornado has been spotted developing in Hood County near Lake Granbury, the National Weather Service reports. Granbury is in the storm’s path.
Update at 7:34 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: And then there were fewer: Hamilton, Mills, Montague, Parker and Wise counties are still under tornado warnings. Out is Palo Pinto.
Update at 7:27 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Two tornadoes have been confirmed in Parker County, the National Weather Service reports. The larger of the two tornadoes could cross Interstate 20 around mile marker 409.
Update at 7:10 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Comanche and Jack counties are no longer under tornado warnings.
But Hamilton, Mills, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise counties still are.
Update at 7 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Hail larger than golfballs is being reported in Millsap, located in Parker County.
Update at 6:30 p.m. by Tristan Hallman: Watches are quickly becoming warnings in some places. Comanche, Hamilton, Jack, Mills, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise counties are all under tornado warnings.
There are also reports of hail pelting Mineral Wells.
Update at 6:05 p.m. by Robert Wilonsky: Strong-to-severe storms continue to gather steam and form into a line as they move east, and so the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for most of North Texas — including Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin Counties and points north, south and west — until 1 a.m.
Update at 5:30 p.m. by Tristan Hallman: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for northern Montague County, which is northwest of Denton, until 6:15 p.m. tonight.
Original post at 3:45 p.m.: Moments ago the National Storm Prediction Center issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of North Texas, including Dallas and Fort Worth, and points north and west — all the way into Oklahoma, matter of fact. The watch, which expires at midnight, came not long after downtown Dallas got pounded by an out-of-nowhere storm that flooded streets.
Says Dan Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, says the storms will begin forming to our north and west, where it’s sunny and hot at the moment — somewhere ’round the mid-80s. As the upper level low tracks east, says Shoemaker, a line of storms will try to form just as it approached Dallas-Fort Worth. Hence, the possibility of scattered storms, some severe.
The storms should hit Dallas-Forth sometime around 9 to 11 p.m.
Says Shoemaker, we’re looking at the possibility of hail with these storms — “golf ball or bigger,” he says. There won’t be much of a wind threat, Shoemaker says, because “it’ll be too cool. But upper-level lows have cold air aloft, and that instability allows hail to grow more quickly.”
But, again, Shoemaker doesn’t expect the storms to be widespread — a 50- to 60-percent coverage area at best.
Midwest Massive Tornado Outbreak **
Multiple fatalities as tornado hits Granbury, Hood County, Texas
5/15/13 PEOPLE have been killed by "grapefruit"-size hailstones as a tornado brings down buildings in Texas.
Kathy Jividen, a spokeswoman for Hood County, Texas, sheriff's office said there were "multiple fatalities" in the wake of the storm, CNN reported.
Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry told The Weather Channel that there were two confirmed deaths, at least 16 injured and multiple structures collapsed.
But as many as 100 people have been injured by the twisters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, said MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadsky.
Hood County Judge Darrell Cockerham said there were reports of homes being flattened with people inside.
Twisters reportedly touched down in the Texas counties of Tarrant, Hood, Dallas and Parker, Fox8 reported.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said there have been "bad injuries … with people losing limbs."
City officials were sending school buses to affected neighborhoods to help with evacuations.
Granbury, about 80km southwest of Fort Worth, and its Rancho Brazos sub division is thought to be the worst hit. Granbury is the county seat of Fort Hood, with a population of around 8,000.
The tornado, reported to be a mile-long is reported to be heading towards Cleburne, Texas. Dallas has also been included in a weather warning. Cleburne, a suburb of major city Fort Worth, has a population of 29,300.
."LIFE THREATENING SITUATION! Mile-wide tornado heading straight north now toward Cleburne, TX! TAKE COVER NOW! " reported Reed Timmer, of TVN.
Ryan Sloane of CNN reported that at least 10 people were injured in Hood County, Texas, with people trapped in homes.
The tornado slammed into the North Texas lakefront town of Granbury, demolishing homes and injuring an undetermined number of people, Houston Chronicle reported.
The tornado - part of a system of severe thunderstorms that spawned several tornadoes across North Texas - dropped large hail.
Police reported the hardest hit area was the Rancho Brazos subdivision and adjoining areas along Lake Granbury.
Another tornado hit the small town of Millsap, about 65km west of Fort Worth. Parker County Judge Mark Kelley said roof damage was reported to several houses and a barn was destroyed.
Twisters stretched through 14 states.
10 April 2011 - 27 Tornadoes in Iowa alone(news report video inside)
Texas Tornado, 6 dead, 14 missing
May 16, 2013 Granbury Texas tornado killed 6 overnite. The death toll could rise as several are missing.
100 homes have been destroyed or badly damaged. 90 local residents have been evacuated.
The storms left 6 dead and nearly 100 others injured in Rancho Brazos Estates and DeCordova Ranch when 3 twisters swept through the area.
As the tornado continued east northeast of Granbury, it grew as large as a mile wide.
BA - Im glad your safe!
Thank you! All I got pretty much was tons of rain(and thunder).
6 dead, at least 14 missing as tornadoes rip through Texas
North Texas residents began to take in the devastation on Thursday wreaked by a series of tornadoes that killed six and injured dozens more in what Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds described as a “nightmare” scenario.
The death toll could grow, with 14 people remaining unaccounted for, Deeds told a news conference in the early morning hours of Thursday. About 100 people were reported injured and as many as 250 were homeless after the swarm of twisters that ripped up trees and knocked down homes.
Granbury, a town of 8,000 about 65 miles southwest of Dallas, was thought to be among the worst-hit areas. Images of the town revealed leveled homes, badly damaged cars, uprooted trees and downed power lines.
“It's rough, very rough. Everything's demolished," said another resident told KXAS as she hurried away from the neighborhood with her arms around a child. "It was like hell."
The six people who were confirmed dead were in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood on the outskirts of Granbury, Deeds said. He added that the homes there were mostly built within the past five years by Habitat for Humanity.
“I had three different storms that came through but this is the worst one,” Deeds said.
The tornadoes swept through the towns of Granbury and nearby Cleburne, causing “heavy damage,” Deeds said. The search for other people who might have gotten caught up in the storm continued with day break.
“I’ve been assured by my deputies on the scene that they’re pretty confident with the six that they found, but there was a report that two of these people that they found were not even near their homes. So we’re going to have to search the area out there,” Deeds said.
The tornadoes seemed to have caused less damage in Cleburne, Mayor Scott Cain told KXAS. The town did “have the potential for some injuries,” Cain said.
The National Weather Service reported three tornadoes across Montague and Hood counties. Storm surveys to determine the extent of the damage were planned for Hood, Johnson, Montague, and Parker counties on Thursday, the weather service’s Dallas-Fort Worth office announced.
Nearly forty patients were taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center and 18 discharged, with the majority of injuries including cuts, broken bones, and some head injuries. A total of eight patients were admitted to the emergency room at the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Two of the patients were in critical condition as of 4 a.m. local time.
Relocation centers have been set up Granbury Methodist and First Christian churches in Hood County.
The tornado outbreak was by far the year's deadliest, the weather service said. Prior to Wednesday night, there had been three fatal tornadoes this year, killing one person each in Georgia, Mississippi and eastern Texas.
Anita Foster of the American Red Cross, which opened two shelters in Granbury, told KXAS that 42 people had spent the night in the shelters. She added that only a quarter of people who are left homeless in such disasters typically seek shelter with the Red Cross, indicating that more may have been affected.
"We’re going to have a lot of people who are going to need some help," she said, adding, "It was a really frightening evening. It was a devastating event for our community."
About 60 departures have been canceled and 70 flights diverted from Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport on Thursday morning, spokesman David Magana told the Associated Press.
NBC News' John Newland and Andrew Rafferty contributed to this report.
Officials: Texas tornado likely had 200 mph winds
5/16/13 GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.
The National Weather Service gave a preliminary estimate of Wednesday night's violent system, saying a tornado in Granbury had wind speeds between 166 mph and 200 mph. Other tornadoes damaged nearby Cleburne and Millsap.
Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, saw the worst of the damage, as the exceptionally powerful tornado tore through two neighborhoods around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Resident Elizabeth Tovar said fist-sized hail heralded the tornado's arrival and prompted her and her family to hide in their bathroom.
"We were all, like, hugging in the bathtub and that's when it started happening. I heard glass shattering and I knew my house was going," Tovar said, shaking her head. "We looked up and ... the whole ceiling was gone."
The NWS' preliminary storm estimate was an EF-4, based on the Fujita tornado damage scale. An EF-5 is the most severe. The powerful storm crushed buildings into piles of planks and rubble. Trees and debris were scattered across yards, and fences were flattened.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds described the overnight hunt for bodies in Granbury.
"Some were found in houses. Some were found around houses," Deeds said. "There was a report that two of these people that they found were not even near their homes. So we're going to have to search the area out there."
Updates on the TX tornados(NBC News)
Tornado Threat for Oklahoma City to Kansas City
19 May 2013 More severe weather is in store for the Plains on Sunday in the wake of a day with more than 200 reports of severe weather.
The area that will be affected by this severe weather will stretch from South Dakota to Texas, just east of where severe weather was seen on Saturday.
Storms will begin to develop on Sunday afternoon and will continue into the evening bringing the threat of heavy downpours, damaging wind gusts, large hail and even tornadoes.
Some of these thunderstorms may continue to strengthen after initial development and become long-lived supercells.
The threat for tornadoes will grow in the late afternoon and evening hours as thunderstorms develop and strengthen. The area that will be at the greatest risk for tornadoes includes central Oklahoma and eastern Kansas; although tornadoes may still develop elsewhere in the area outlined above.
Heavy downpours from these storms can lead to localized flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas and areas with poor drainage. Heavy rain in the northern Plains will also lead to a "Renewed River Flood Threat".
Damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph may be strong enough to blow over trees and power lines which can cause power outages and property damage.
Tornadoes tear through Kansas, Oklahoma
5/19/13 People in two states were taking shelter amid wailing warning sirens Sunday as tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in Kansas and Oklahoma as part of an extreme weather system plowing through the nation's midsection.
The system, which stretched from North Texas to Minnesota, also heaved hail -- dime to softball sized -- as well as heavy rainfall.
Residents in downtown Wichita, Kansas, were told to seek shelter Sunday afternoon after a tornado was confirmed on the ground – with its presence cloaked by thick thunder clouds and heavy rain.
Near Oklahoma City, a half-mile wide tornado was reported, prompting a stark alert from the Weather Service: "You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter," the advisory said.
The National Weather Service in Wichita warned of a large and “extremely dangerous and potentially deadly” tornado late Sunday. Weather spotters confirmed the tornado 7 miles northwest of Haysville and moving northeast at 30 mph, the Weather Service said.
The tornado later passed south of the city in Sedgwick County in southern Kansas but rain and thunderstorms continued to batter the area, NBC station KSN TV in Wichita reported.
The warning, which covered downtown Wichita as well as the surrounding area that includes Haysville, was lifted in early evening, KSN reported.
Power lines were down and at least three homes were damaged near Wichita, one with its roof blown off, KSN reported. Authorities said there were no injuries to report.
At least one reported dead as tornadoes hammer Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tornado half a mile wide struck near Oklahoma City on Sunday, part of a massive storm front that hammered the central United States. News reports said at least one person had died.
By early Sunday evening, 19 tornados had touched down in parts of Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas, according to the National Weather Service and local news reports.
Fox News reported that one person was killed in Shawnee, Oklahoma, east of Oklahoma City.
Police in Shawnee could not immediately be reached to confirm the report.
Officials of the National Weather Service in Oklahoma issued a series of increasingly urgent warnings in the late afternoon and evening, including an alert on Twitter about a tornado striking Pink, a town on the edge of Oklahoma City.
"Large tornado west of Pink!" the post read. "Take cover RIGHT NOW in Pink! DO NOT WAIT!"
An extreme weather system stretching from north Texas to Minnesota had been building for hours on Sunday when a "large tornado" touched down near Wichita, Kansas at 3:45 pm Central Standard time, according to a weather service alert.
Another alert warned of the likelihood of "exceptionally powerful, severe thunderstorms capable of destructive hail as large as baseballs," especially over southeast Kansas in the evening.
Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa are all in the path of the storm system capable of producing winds of up to 80 miles per hour, large hail stones and violent tornadoes.
The storm prompted an unusually blunt warning from the central region of the National Weather Service, which covers 14 states.
"You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter," it said. "Complete destruction of neighborhoods, businesses and vehicles will occur. Flying debris will be deadly to people and animals."
A tornado also touched down in southwest Wichita at 3:45 p.m. Central time, moving northeast at about 35 miles per hour toward Topeka, said Pat Slattery, spokesman for the National Weather Service for the U.S. Central region.
In northeast Oklahoma, the Lincoln County sheriff's office reported three tornado touchdowns in that region, NBC News said reported early on Sunday evening.
Slattery said the potential severity of the storm prompted the weather service to issue the stark advisory, which is part of a new warning system being tested in the U.S. Central region after a violent tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011, killing 158 people and injuring hundreds.
Slattery said the new advisory was reserved for severe tornadoes with the potential to form into "supercell" storms, which produce powerful winds and flash flooding. Supercells are considered to be the most dangerous of four categories of storms because of the extreme weather they generate.
A recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration assessment of the Joplin storm found that "when people heard the first tornado warning, they did not immediately seek shelter. They looked for a secondary source to confirm the tornado," Slattery said. "That got some people killed."
(Reporting by Chris Francescani; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio, Richard Chang and David Brunnstrom)
Tornadoes level homes in Okla., hit other states
5/19/13 EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — One of several tornadoes that touched down Sunday in Oklahoma turned homes in a trailer park near Oklahoma City into splinters and rubble and sent frightened residents along a 100-mile corridor scurrying for shelter.
The tornadoes that touched down in Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa were part of a massive, northeastward-moving storm system that stretched from Texas to Minnesota.
At least four separate tornadoes touched down in central Oklahoma late Sunday afternoon, including the one near the town of Shawnee, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, that laid waste to much of a mobile home park.
Reports of injuries in that tornado strike couldn't immediately be confirmed, as getting into the area was made difficult by the overturned tractor-trailers that forced the closure of a section of Interstate 40.
A storm spotter told the National Weather Service that the tornado left the earth "scoured" at the mobile home park.
Forecasters had been warning for days that the weekend storm system could produce tornadoes, and emergency responders throughout the region were keeping a close eye on it Sunday night as it moved northeastward. Tornado watches or warnings were in effect through late Sunday in several states.
Dozens of homes were damaged by the other tornadoes that touched down in Oklahoma, but emergency officials had no immediate reports of injuries caused by any of them, including the first of the afternoon that hit Edmond, a suburb north of Oklahoma City, before making its way toward Tulsa, 90 miles to the northeast.
"I knew it was coming," said Randy Grau, who huddled with his wife and two young sons in their Edmond home's safe room when the tornado hit. He said he peered out his window as the weather worsened and believed he saw a flock of birds heading down the street.
"Then I realized it was swirling debris. That's when we shut the door of the safe room," said Grau, adding that they remained in the room for 10 minutes.
In Wichita, Kan., a tornado touched down near Mid-Content Airport on the city's southwest side shortly before 4 p.m., knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses but bypassing the most populated areas of Kansas' biggest city.
"At this point, there are very few reports of damage and no reports of fatalities or injuries, and we're very grateful for that," said Sedgwick County Emergency Management Director Randy Duncan.
There were also two reports of tornadoes touching down in Iowa Sunday night, including one near Huxley, about 20 miles north of Des Moines, and one in Grundy County, which is northeast of Des Moines, according to the Des Moines Register. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.
In Oklahoma, aerial television news footage showed homes that appeared to have suffered significant damage northeast of Oklahoma City. Some outbuildings appeared to have been leveled, and some homes' roofs or walls had been knocked down.
"When I first drove into the neighborhood, I didn't see any major damage until I pulled into the front of my house," said Csabe Mathe, of Edmond, who found a part of his neighbor's fence in his swimming pool. "My reaction was: I hope insurance pays for the cleaning."
"I typically have two trash cans, and now I have five in my driveway."
The Storm Prediction Center had been warning about severe weather in the region since Wednesday, and on Friday, it zeroed in on Sunday as the day the storm system would likely pass through.
"They've been calling for this all day," Edmond resident Anita Wright said after riding out the twister in an underground shelter. She and her husband Ed emerged from their hiding place to find uprooted trees, downed limbs and damaged gutters in their home.
In Katie Leathers' backyard, the family's trampoline was tossed through a section of fence and a giant tree uprooted.
"I saw all the trees waving, and that's when I grabbed everyone and got into two closets," Leathers said. "All these trees just snapped."
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Anchors forced to evacuate during live broadcast as tornado strikes Wichita
5/20/13 A television station in Kansas was forced to evacuate during a live broadcast on Sunday afternoon after a massive tornado — one of three that ripped through the Plains States over the weekend — touched down in downtown Wichita.
Dramatic video footage shows J.D. Rudd, a meteorologist for NBC affiliate KSN, rushing out of the camera frame as station staffers frantically flee the set shortly after 4:15 p.m., following nearly two hours of continuous live coverage of the wrathful storm.
“It appears that it is time for all of us to get to shelter,” a man can be heard saying off-camera. “Get to shelter right now! Everybody ... let’s go!”
Station employees scattered and bolted to the basement as warning sirens blared and the cyclone whipped across downtown Wichita, according to KSN producer Kathy Ivy.
“Downtown Wichita was in the target zone,” Ivy said. “We were in the target zone.”
Fortunately, the storm lifted the second it arrived at the KSN studio’s doors, leaving the facility largely unharmed.
Thousands of homes and businesses lost power during the brunt of the tornado’s tear through town, but it missed the most populated areas of the city.
There were no reports of fatalities or injuries in Kansas on Monday morning. Tornadoes killed two people and injured 21 in Oklahoma on Sunday.
At Least 19 Tornadoes Hit 3 States
Oklahoma, other tornado-hit states brace for more
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — When Lindsay Carter heard on the radio that a violent storm was approaching her rural Oklahoma neighborhood, she gathered her belongings and fled. When she returned, there was little left.
Sunday's tornado that tore part of the roof from Carter's frame house — one of few such homes in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park near Shawnee — laid waste to many of her neighbors' places, and killed two people and injured several others.
"Trees were all gone. I walked further down and all those houses were gone," she said of her return home to the neighborhood.
The tornado was one of several that touched down Sunday in the nation's midsection, concentrating damage in central Oklahoma and Wichita, Kan. Two people were killed in or near the mobile home park, which is outside of Shawnee, a community about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. At least 39 people throughout Oklahoma were injured, according to the state's emergency management director, Albert Ashwood.
The National Weather Service was forecasting more of the same for the region — including Oklahoma City and Tulsa — Monday afternoon and evening, warning of the possibility of tornadoes and baseball-sized hail. Residents of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri were also warned to watch for bad weather Monday.
Gov. Mary Fallin began touring the hardest-hit areas early Monday, including Carney, in Lincoln County, and a mobile home park near Shawnee, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, that suffered a direct hit and was where the two confirmed deaths happened.
"It took a dead hit," resident James Hoke said of the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park. Emerging from a storm cellar where he sought refuge with his wife and two children, Hoke found that their mobile home had vanished. "Everything is gone."
Hoke said he started trying to help neighbors and found his wife's father covered in rubble.
"My father-in-law was buried under the house. We had to pull Sheetrock off of him," Hoke said.
Forecasters had been warning of bad weather since Wednesday and on Sunday said conditions had ripened for powerful tornadoes. Wall-to-wall broadcasts of storm information spread the word Sunday, leaving Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth grateful.
"There was a possibility a lot more people could have been injured," Booth said. "This is the worst I've seen in Pottawatomie County in my 25 years of law enforcement."
Booth said a 79-year-old man, who was later identified as Glen Irish, was found dead out in the open at Steelman Estates. The state medical examiner's office said Monday that a 76-year-old man, Billy Hutchinson, was found dead in a vehicle. The office said both men lived in Shawnee, but the city wasn't hit by the tornado and it wasn't immediately clear if either or both lived in the mobile home park, which is near the city.
"You can see where there's absolutely nothing, then there are places where you have mobile home frames on top of each other, debris piled up," Booth said. "It looks like there's been heavy equipment in there on a demolition tour.
"It's pretty bad. It's pretty much wiped out," he said.
Tornadoes were reported Sunday in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma as part of a storm system that stretched from Texas to Minnesota.
Emergency officials traversed the neighborhoods struck in Oklahoma in an effort to account for everyone. Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said that, many times in such situations, people who are not found immediately are discovered later to have left the area ahead of the storm.
A storm spotter told the National Weather Service that the tornado left the earth "scoured" at the mobile home park. At the nearby intersection of Interstate 40 and U.S. 177, a half-dozen tractor-trailers were blown over, closing both highways for a time.
"It seemed like it went on forever. It was a big rumbling for a long time," said Shawn Savory, standing outside his damaged remodeling business in Shawnee. "It was close enough that you could feel like you could reach out and touch it."
Fallin declared an emergency for 16 Oklahoma counties because of the severe storms and flooding. The declaration lets local governments acquire goods quickly to respond to their residents' needs and puts the state in line for federal help if it becomes necessary.
Heavy rains and straight-line winds hit much of western Oklahoma on Saturday. Tornadoes were also reported Sunday at Edmond, Arcadia and near Wellston to the north and northeast of Oklahoma City. The supercell that generated the twisters weakened as it approached Tulsa, 90 miles to the northeast.
In Wichita, Kan., a tornado touched down near Mid-Continent Airport on the city's southwest side shortly before 4 p.m., knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses but bypassing the most populated areas of Kansas' biggest city. The Wichita tornado was an EF1 — the strength of tornado on the enhanced Fujita scale — with winds of 110 mph, according to the weather service.
Golf ball-sized hail slammed homes in the area. Jim Raulston, of Wichita, said the ferocious winds slammed the hailstones into his home.
"It was just unbelievable how the hail and everything was just coming straight sideways," Raulston said.
Sedgwick County Emergency Management Director Randy Duncan said there were no reports of fatalities or injuries in Kansas.
The weather service reported two tornadoes touched down in Iowa — near Huxley and Earlham. Damage included the loss of some cattle when the storm blew over a barn on a farm in Mitchell County. Some 6,000 customers were without power Monday, including in the hardest-hit areas where the tornado sirens were also rendered silent. In the event of new impending strikes, first responders planned to use their emergency vehicles' sirens to warn residents.
Threat of tornadoes in parts of 10 states
5/20/13 OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The central United States braced for another round of violent weather on Monday after tornadoes struck the region over the weekend, killing two Oklahoma men and injuring at least 39 people.
Severe storms were expected to pummel as many as 10 states on Monday, the National Weather Service said. It predicted a 10 percent chance of tornadoes in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.
Parts of four other states - Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa - have a 5 percent risk of tornadoes, the service said.
The area at greatest risk includes Joplin, Missouri, which on Wednesday will mark two years since a massive tornado killed 161 people.
The threat comes as Oklahoma was still recovering from a strong storm front that hammered the state on Sunday with fist-sized hail, blinding rain and tornadoes, including a half-mile-wide twister that struck near Oklahoma City.
Two men in their 70s died in the storm, including one at a mobile home park on the edge of the community of Bethel Acres near Oklahoma City, said Keli Cain, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management. Thirty-nine people were injured around the state as storms toppled trees and ripped through rooftops, she said.
Several hundred homes and buildings were thought to have been damaged or destroyed and approximately 7,000 customers were left without power in Oklahoma. "There is definitely quite a bit of damage," Cain said.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared 16 counties disaster areas, and she and other local and state officials were touring damaged areas on Monday morning.
Live Blog: Tornado Touches Down South of Oklahoma City
Severe storms are erupting from Texas to Minnesota on Monday spawning large hail, strong winds and dangerous tornadoes.
The storms are a continuation of the weekend's severe weather, as the system that unleashed over the Plains shifts eastward.
Cities at risk Monday include Oklahoma City, Tulsa, St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago.
The greatest risk for tornadoes is expected from north of Dallas, Texas, and Oklahoma to central Missouri.
UPDATES: (All reports listed in CDT)
3:59 p.m. CDT Monday: The storm that produced a tornado in Moore, Okla., may produce another tornado south of Choctaw, Okla., and southwest of McLoud.
3:57 p.m. CDT Monday: A storm north of Tulsa, Okla. is capable of producing a tornado. It has a pronounced hook echo on radar which indicates possible tornado.
3:51 p.m. CDT Monday: Hail as large as 4.25 inches reported in Osage County, Okla.
3:48 p.m. CDT Monday: While the tornado is no longer on the ground in Moore, Okla., storms in the area are still capable of producing tornadoes.
3:47 p.m. CDT Monday: Cars piled up on top of I-35 behind the freeway in Moore, Okla.
3:37 p.m. CDT Monday: Oklahoma City police report people trapped under debris at Weston Elementary School.
3:26 p.m. CDT Monday: Police cannot get to Briarwood Elementary School due to all the debris on 149th Street in Santa Fe, Okla. Large gas leak at Elementary school on 149th street reported.
3:22 p.m. CDT Monday: Oklahoma City Police: "Powerline down near Santa Fe, near the school. Headed there to check on people."
3:16 p.m. CDT Monday: Tornado reported northeast of Duncan, Okla., near Highway 29 just west of Bray, Okla. according to Oklahoma County Sheriff and Fire.
2:53 p.m. CDT Monday: Police blocking off Indian Road, west of I-44 in Newcastle, due to tornado activity.
2:53 p.m. CDT Monday: Law enforcement reporting a tornado on the ground in Moore between Norman and Oklahoma City.
2:52 p.m. CDT Monday: A funnel cloud has been spotted between Norman and Oklahoma City.
2:51 p.m. CDT Monday: A storm north of Newcastle, OK, south of Oklahoma City, is capable of producing a tornado. Click here for radar.
2:49 p.m. CDT Monday: Golf ball-sized hail reported just north of Wichita Falls, Texas
2:15 p.m. CDT Monday: Thunderstorms erupting to the southeast of Oklahoma City, Okla., are heading to the downtown are in the next half-hour.
2:05 p.m. CDT Monday: Two severe thunderstorms south of Oklahoma City, Okla., are producing hail up to 1 inch in diameter.
1:05 p.m. CDT Monday: AccuWeather meteorologists are closely watching southeastern Oklahoma as storms begin to fire and keeping a close eye on potential in Missouri. Click here to view the regional radar.
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2 schools in Moore, OK got wiped out by tornado
Massive tornado touches down near Oklahoma City
A devastating, mile-wide tornado touched down near Oklahoma City on Monday, decimating homes, businesses and schools in the suburb of Moore.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities or injuries, as emergency officials urged people to remain off the roads so rescue workers and first responders could reach people trapped in rubble.
"This is war zone terrible," Jon Welsh, a helicopter pilot for KFOR-TV who lives in Moore, said while surveying the damage from the air. "This school is completely gone."
The funnel cloud could be seen for miles, creating a debris field several miles wide. According to the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., the tornado was on the ground for approximately 40 minutes, and a tornado warning was in effect for 16 minutes before twister developed.
Weather officials estimated the strength of the tornado to be an F4 or F5, the highest intensity rating on the Fujita scale.
A host on KFOR called Monday's storm "the worst tornado damagewise in the history of the world."
The 106-acre Orr Family Farm was completely destroyed, killing between 75 and 100 horses, KFOR said.
Another tornado was reported on the ground west of Meeker, north of Shawnee, on Monday.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives canceled its afternoon sessions so lawmakers and staffers could take shelter, the Associated Press said.
The tornado comes a day after powerful storms ripped through the center of the country, spawning at least a dozen tornadoes, killing two people and causing extensive damage from Georgia to Minnesota.
According to the Oklahoma state medical examiner, the two victims in Sunday's storms—Glen Irish, 79, and Billy Hutchinson, 76—were from hard-hit Shawnee. At least 39 other people were injured on Sunday, Oklahoma emergency management director Albert Ashwood said.
CBS pulls 'Mike & Molly' tornado-themed season finale
"Mike & Molly" fans won't be seeing Monday's season finale episode, which was scheduled to debut at 9:30 p.m. CBS has pulled it in light of Monday's devastating tornado in Oklahoma.
"Due to the tragic events this afternoon in Oklahoma, we are pre-empting tonight's season finale of 'Mike & Molly,' which has a related storyline," a CBS spokeswoman told TheWrap. "A repeat broadcast of 'Mike & Molly' will run in the time period. The season finale will be broadcast at an appropriate date."
The episode titled "Windy City" placed its main characters Mike and Molly (Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, respectively) in a tornado that hits Chicago.
Monday's Oklahoma tornado spent 40 minutes on the ground and left damaged homes, businesses and at least two elementary schools in its wake. Tornado warnings were also in affect for Texas and Kansas.
CBS renewed "Mike & Molly" for a fourth season, though its creator Mark Roberts isn't continuing with the comedy series as its showrunner.
At least 51 killed as tornado tears through Oklahoma, leaving miles of debris
A monster tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs and killed at least 51 people Monday, pulverizing block after block of homes, tearing the walls off an elementary school and leaving behind miles of mangled cars and splintered wood.
Crews frantically searched the wreckage and were only beginning to get a sense of the destruction. Hospitals reported several dozen injured.
“The whole city looks like a debris field,” said Mayor Glenn Lewis of the city of Moore, which appeared to be hardest hit.
At Plaza Towers Elementary School, authorities said there were casualties could not specify how many or give details. The tornado tore the roof off, and authorities kept hysterical parents back because it was too loud to hear screams for help. A teacher told NBC affiliate KFOR that she draped herself on top of six children in a bathroom to shelter them.
It was not clear how many children were trapped. Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade were evacuated to a church, but students in lower grades had sheltered in place, KFOR reported. More than two hours after the tornado struck, several children were pulled out alive.
The Weather Channel said the twister was a mile wide at its base, and a reporter for KFOR said it kicked up a cloud of debris perhaps two miles wide. The National Weather Service initially classified the storm as an EF4, the second-strongest type, with winds of 166 to 200 mph.
“It seems that our worst fears have happened today,” said Bill Bunting, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Norman, Okla.
As the death toll steadily climbed, television footage showed a landscape shattered — not the arbitrary damage of a tornado that leaves some homes untouched, but vast and utter obliteration.
Emergency workers stepped gingerly around piles of wreckage left on the foundations of homes. Other people simply walked around dazed, marveling that nothing was left of their houses — and in many cases that they themselves were alive. Fires broke out in some places.
“I lost everything,” one man said as he walked through the ruins of a horse farm. “We might have one horse left out of all of them.”
At one hospital in Moore, cars were “piled like Hot Wheels” in the parking lot, and police were searching them one by one and spray-painting X’s to mark them clear of victims, said Kurt Gwartney, news director for radio station KGOU.
An Oklahoma emergency management spokesman said a hospital was being evacuated after sustaining severe damage, and 16 ambulances were being sent to move patients. It was not clear whether it was the same hospital.
The tornado struck at mid-afternoon and tore a 20-mile path, said Rick Smith, another weather service meteorologist. He said it was on the ground for 40 minutes. Much of the storm’s rampage was captured on live television, perhaps alerting people in its path to seek shelter.
President Barack Obama pledged the full help of the federal government. Gov. Mary Fallin asked the people of Oklahoma for patience and promised: “We will bring every single resource out that we can.”
Relief efforts sprang up. The Red Cross said it was opening a shelter, and the University of Oklahoma opened some of its housing for displaced families.
In addition to Plaza Towers, Briarwood Elementary School was heavily damaged, KFOR reported.
Search and rescue teams converged on a staging area at the Warren Theater, which was also damaged, as the tornado churned toward other Oklahoma towns. The storms were expected to continue through the evening.
Grasping for comparisons, some people said it looked like Joplin, the Missouri town virtually wiped off the map two years ago when a tornado — this one an EF5 — blew through and killed 158 people.
For people in Oklahoma, the ferocity was reminiscent of May 3, 1999, when a tornado registered wind of more than 300 mph, left 46 dead and damaged or destroyed more than 8,000 homes.
The tornado Monday also came one day after another cluster of storms in Oklahoma that killed two elderly men in the town of Shawnee. Tens of millions of people from Texas to the Great Lakes — an area covering 55 million people — had been warned to brace for more severe weather Monday.
The Sunday storms destroyed mobile homes, flipped trucks and sent people across 100 miles running for cover. In Kansas, a weather forecaster was forced off the air as a tornado bore down on his station.
“You can see where there’s absolutely nothing, then there are places where you have mobile home frames on top of each other, debris piled up,” Mike Booth, the sheriff of Pottawatomie County, Okla., told The Associated Press. “It looks like there’s been heavy equipment in there on a demolition tour.”
Fallin declared a state of emergency for 16 counties on Sunday and added five Monday.
Published on May 20, 2013
Late PM May 19, 2013, going into early AM May 20, 2013 --- multiple RADAR pulses / "HAARP rings" / and Scalar Squares...Midwest , South, and North USA.
5/17/2013 — Nebraska — RADAR pulse / “HAARP ring” confirmation – Possible tornado, damaging winds, hail
Posted on May 17, 2013 by sincedutch
In the late PM May 15, 2013 — going into the early hours in the morning of May 16, 2013 — a series of RADAR pulsed “HAARP rings” appeared out of north central Nebrask
Move forward 36 hours from the point of the pulses, and we see possible tornadoes, damaging winds, and hail form at the center of the pulsed area
Oklahoma Tornado Causes 'Widespread' Damage, Elementary School Receives 'Direct Hit'
|Authorities said Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Okla., received a "direct hit" from the storm and was severely damaged. In anticipation of the severe weather this afternoon, schools in the Moore area did not release their students at the end of the school day, according to Oklahoma Emergency Management officials.
One sixth grade boy named Brady told ABC affiliate KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City that he and other students took cover in a bathroom.
"Cinderblocks and everything collapsed on them but they were underneath so that kind of saved them a little bit, but I mean they were trapped in there," he said.
Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore was also in the monster twister's path. Local residents who lived near the school rushed to help pull kids and teachers out.
One report says Plaza Towers Elementary had 7 casualties, while Briarwood Elem had zero(thus far). They are still going through them as there are still people trapped in it.
Shepherd Smith on FOX News said 24 3rd graders at one or both of the elementary schools(Plaza Towers/Briarwood) died - but can't find another source reporting this.
WHEN NEWS is BREAKING - THERE IS MUCH HYPE!
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT - ALWAYS
One report said tornado 2 miles wide, another said half mile wide.
We dont know for a couple days for misc reasons.
I am gathering tornado info now - and it was VERY BAD and NOT over.
Latest report 51 dead in Oklahoma
May 21 dawn
Yesterday, reports said 51 died. My paper(Dallas Morning News) reported 91. Now I just read this NBC article that says 24.
So who knows...the MSM is hardly reliable to begin with, you're right, it's all hype...
Crews comb devastation in Oklahoma; confirmed death toll lowered to 24
First pictures of the missing tornado children: Parents' agony after seven kids drown in Oklahoma City school flattened by two-mile twister and rescuers search for many more buried under rubble
Two entire schools flattened in Moore, Oklahoma after 200 mph winds pulverized a 30-square-mile stretch yesterday
Officials originally said there were as many as 91 people dead - with 51 confirmed - but on Tuesday morning they corrected this to say there were 24 confirmed dead; some people had been counted twice amid the chaos
Authorities now fear for around 40 more; at least 240 have been injured, including 60 children
More than 20 children could be among the dead, including the seven found drowned in Plaza Towers
Children were told to hold on to the walls, while teachers shielding the students with their bodies
Hundreds of homes wiped out and more than 50,000 people left without power
The devastating tornado was larger than 1999 storm in the area that left 36 people dead
Read more plus more pictures: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a...y-school-Moore.html#ixzz2TwUoUbNp
Why Was the Moore, Okla., Tornado So Severe?
A monstrous tornado that ripped through Oklahoma Monday (May 20) piling cars on top of one another, demolishing an elementary school and killing several adults and children, may owe its power and deadliness partly to a convergence of jets of air, say meteorologists.
The preliminarily rated EF-4 tornado touched down at 2:56 p.m. CDT (3:56 p.m. ET) and was on the ground for 40 minutes as it tore a 20-mile-long (32 kilometers) path through Newcastle, Moore and South Oklahoma City, Okla., with winds likely up to 200 mph (320 km/h).
"I think from looking at the helicopter footage, it's safe to say at its strongest point it was probably 2 miles [3.2 km] across, that's a safe assumption," Kurt Van Speybroeck, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based in Fort Worth, Texas, told LiveScience. [Image Gallery: Moore, Okla., Tornado Damage]
Moore, Okla., was undoubtedly hit the hardest.
"The debris ball from the tornado, as seen on Doppler radar, expanded to over 2 miles in diameter, and debris was carried over 100 miles [160 km] from Moore," Jeff Masters of Weather Underground wrote on his WunderBlog.
Tornado science is complex and several ingredients are needed to create a monster vortex like the one that spun through Moore; and even then, meteorologists say they can't identify exactly which storms will spawn tornadoes.
"The jet stream had a role, but of course, it is much more complex than that," Keith Brewster of the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms at the University of Oklahoma told LiveScience. "There are several ingredients involved in the creation of a tornado; these include a source of warm, moist air at the surface and colder, generally drier, air above."
Those ingredients were in place yesterday. Essentially, the perfect storm seemed to come together right over Moore.
"The atmosphere was just right in Moore, Oklahoma, for a violent tornado. If you'd gone 25 miles to the north, they had storms but no tornado," Van Speybroeck said. "Right in that location, we call that the local mescoscale, everything was just right in that storm for it to create that really violent vortex."
To rev up a tornado, wind shear, or a change in wind speed and direction with height, is also needed. "Finally, you need some sort of triggering process to set it all off; in today's case, we had the convergence of air on the dryline southwest of Moore," Brewster told LiveScience on Monday night. That created the supercell storm that spawned Monday's devastating tornado.
The atmosphere above Oklahoma was set up perfectly to spawn tornadoes, due to the convergence of three jetlike streams, including the dry air from the southwest, Van Speybroeck said.
A low-level jet, at an altitude of about 5,000 feet (1,520 meters) was bringing warm, moist and unstable air up from the Gulf of Mexico. Just above that layer, from about 12,000 to 15,000 feet (about 3,700 to 4,600 m), a southwesterly jet of dry air blew in from the plateau of Mexico and northern Mexico. This southwesterly flow created the turning of the atmosphere above the unstable layer, Van Speybroeck said. The result can be a long-lasting supercell thunderstorm that is ripe for tornado spawning, which is what happened over Moore.
Adding to the mix, at about 20,000 to 25,000 feet (6,000 to 7,600 m), a high-speed jet of cold, dry air swooped west across the Rockies. This upper-level jet can reach speeds of 80 to 100 mph (130 to 160 km/h), and the air in it gets colder and drier with height, acting to pull the warmer, moist air upward and creating updrafts. Updrafts push storm winds that are rotating horizontally so that they are rotating vertically, creating a funnel cloud. Rains and hail in a storm then push the tail of the funnel cloud down until it touches the ground.
Tornado threat continues, including Dallas-Fort Worth area
5/21/13 - Tornadoes could form across a wide area of the southern Plains and into the U.S. southeast again on Tuesday, including metropolitan Dallas-Fort Worth, the most populous urban area in the threatened area, a government meteorologist said.
"There could be a few more tornadoes again, particularly in northern and central Texas," said Brynn Kerr, meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
A massive tornado hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, flattening a wide area of the town and leaving at least 24 people dead and an dozens injured.
While the threat of tornadoes remained, Kerr said it was not as strong as it had been on Monday. As of 0900 local time on Tuesday, there were no outstanding tornado warnings, which urge residents to take cover immediately.
The risk of cells forming tornadoes would increase around midday west and north of Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas, into the Ozarks of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas and into the northern Gulf states including northern Louisiana, he said.
Kerr said the biggest concern is that a cell will form locally in an urban area, as it did on Monday near Oklahoma City.
"It only takes one to hit the wrong populated location," he said.
There were preliminary reports of 22 tornadoes on Monday in six states -- Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, according to the National Weather Service website.
In addition to the massive damage and fatalities in Oklahoma, one person died in Arkansas on Monday night when debris from a severe storm crashed into his vehicle in Springdale, a police dispatcher said.
Witnesses describe deadly Oklahoma tornado
5/21/13 MOORE, Okla.—As a hailstorm bore down on the devastated region Tuesday afternoon, first responders continued to sift through debris to try to find survivors and figure out how many people died in the massive tornado that ripped through southern Oklahoma City and other towns a day earlier.
Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead—including 9 children—and 237 were injured by the twister, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said. At a news conference Tuesday, Fallin said officials are trying to find out if other victims might have been taken to local funeral homes and have not yet been counted in the death toll.
"We're going through that debris, and we're going to keep looking until everybody's found," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said at the news conference.
Fallin said authorities "don't even know if there are missing people" but will turn over every piece of debris to find survivors possibly trapped in the rubble. First responders will check each damaged piece of property three times to ensure no one who needs help is overlooked, Fallin said.
"This was the storm of storms," Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said.
Earlier, authorities said they expected more victims to be uncovered.
Tuesday. Drenching rains and lightning had moved into the area by 9 a.m, and marble-size hail fell in the afternoon.
Officials said water, electricity and cell phone service was down in some areas. They urged people to stay away from the area. Residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA to find shelter.
Barack Obama said the federal government would help with the disaster response.
Seven of the dead children were found Monday night at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit when the tornado chewed its destructive 20-mile path through Newcastle, Moore and parts of southern Oklahoma City for 40 minutes. Officials said that unlike 100 other schools in the area, Plaza Towers was not equipped with a tornado safe room.
Schools Superintendent Susan Pierce choked up at a news conference when talking about the twister, which destroyed at least two schools. She said every Moore school implemented its tornado shelter plan before the storm hit Monday. "We're in the process of learning as much as we can about what happened," she said, adding that graduation for Moore's high school seniors will still take place this Saturday in Oklahoma City.
Classes were still in session at Plaza Towers when the twister, estimated to be packing winds of 190 mph or greater, crushed nearly every corner of the property. Teachers’ cars were thrown into the building, and the playground no longer exists.
“All you could hear were screams,” local resident Stuart Earnest Jr. said of the scene at the school after the storm. “The people screaming for help. And the people trying to help were also screaming.”
“I can only hope those little kids killed didn't suffer,” said Earnest, one of many who rushed to the school to help survivors.
With several students still unaccounted for, rescuers worked overnight digging through the rubble. Police say they are still digging through the structure.
“I just hope they find her,” Shannon Galarneau said of her 10-year-old niece, a Plaza Towers student who was missing as of early Tuesday morning. “You just feel helpless.”
The girl's younger sister, also a student at the school, survived but suffered cuts to her head and bruises on her back. The 8-year-old was still wearing her hospital bracelet while asleep on her grandmother's shoulder in the front seat of a pickup truck just after midnight.
“She said it was probably the scariest day of her life,” Galarneau said.
Monday's tornado was estimated to be more than a mile wide at times. Its path was nearly identical to the one taken by a record-breaking May 1999 tornado that devastated the area.
Galarneau and her husband could see the twister a mile and a half from their front porch and scrambled to hide.
“It barreled down fast,” said Galarneau, who found refuge in a utility closet.
Obama declared several Oklahoma counties disaster areas and pledged to support the area's rescue and recovery. The funnel’s fury crumbled homes for several blocks around the school and in other parts of Moore.
Missing street signs and other landmarks made some neighborhoods unrecognizable even to locals.
“It is a barren wasteland,” Galarneau said. “Everything is leveled.”
The tornado developed very quickly and caught many people, like Kelly Damphousse, off guard. He and his family were unloading a 26-foot U-Haul truck at a storage facility when they spotted the ferocious funnel.
The official count of people treated at local hospitals doesn't include unreported cases of minor injuries or the untold emotional toll.
Video: Watch the Moore tornado form
Moore Okla. Tornado Survivor Held Daughter By Hair To Save Her Life
5/21/13 – A survivor of the Oklahoma tornado that killed at least 24 people, including nine children, said she held on to her daughter’s hair to prevent her from flying away into the tornado.
CBS News reports that a resident of Moore, Okla., the site of the deadly tornado that killed dozens and left the area depleted and devastated, would have lost her daughter to the tornado if not for the mother’s grip on her daughter’s hair.
As the tornado was drawing near, the woman’s husband told the woman to get in the bathtub immediately and to put a mattress on top of them. When the tornado’s force was close enough to the house, the family was in danger. Feeling the tornado’s strength bearing down on the family, the mother held on to her daughter for dear life.
Watch the Moore tornado form
Power of Moore tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb
5/21/13 — Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. And when they did, the awesome amount of energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.
On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service gave it the top-of-the-scale rating of EF-5 for wind speed and breadth and severity of damage. Wind speeds were estimated at between 200 and 210 mph.
Several meteorologists contacted by The Associated Press used real time measurements to calculate the energy released during the storm's life span of almost an hour. Their estimates ranged from 8 times to more than 600 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb with more experts at the high end.
The tornado at some points was 1.3 miles wide, and its path went on for 17 miles and 40 minutes. That's long for a regular tornado but not too unusual for such a violent one, said research meteorologist Harold Brooks at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla. Less than 1 percent of all U .S. tornadoes are this violent — only about 10 a year, he said.
With the third strong storm hitting Moore in 14 years, some people are wondering why Moore? It's a combination of geography, meteorology and lots of bad luck, experts said.
If you look at the climate history of tornadoes in May, you will see they cluster in a spot — maybe 100 miles wide — in central Oklahoma "and there's good reason for it," said Adam Houston, meteorology professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. That's the spot where the weather conditions of warm, moist air and strong wind shear needed for tornadoes combine in just the right balance.
The hot spot is more than just the city of Moore. Several meteorologists offer the same explanation for why that suburb seemed to be hit repeatedly by violent tornadoes: "bad luck."
Scientists know the key ingredients that go into a devastating tornado. But they are struggling to figure out why they develop in some big storms and not others. They also are still trying to determine what effects, if any, global warming has on tornadoes.
More storms on the way, tornadoes possible across swath of US
An area stretching from the lower Great Lakes to the Tennessee Valley was expected to be hit by severe thunderstorms on Wednesday, forecasters warned.
The National Weather Service said that the “primary threats” would be damaging winds and large hail, but added “isolated tornadoes will also be possible.”
“Farther south, Tuesday night thunderstorms could continue into Wednesday morning with some damaging winds and hail,” it said.
Weather.com showed a map outlining the main area of risk, which stretched from Buffalo to Charleston. It also said the main danger would be from high winds and hail, but cautioned there was a “slight risk” of tornadoes.
* Reports try to be hysterical
Storms, Tornadoes May Sweep South Dakota, Nebraska
5/26/13 Severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes may strike parts of South Dakota and Nebraska this week, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center.
As many as 75,398 people live in the area, which includes Pierre, South Dakota, the state’s capital, where storms are expected to strike on May 29, the center said.
“It appears the most probable concentration for severe -- including possibly tornadic storms -- will be in the eastern part of the high Plains,” according to a bulletin from the in Norman, Oklahoma-based center, which is part of the National Weather Service.
Last week, an EF-5 tornado, the strongest on the six-step Enhanced Fujita Scale, ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people, including 10 children, and destroying at least 1,300 homes. The storm was part of a larger system of severe weather that spawned tornadoes from Texas to New England, as well as thunder and hail storms.
Midwest braces for more possible tornadoes
5/27/13 Americans in the Midwest begin another week bracing for severe weather, with forecasters warning of possible tornadoes for a large swath of the country - including the suburbs of Oklahoma City that were pummeled last week.
The first three days of the week bring the possibility of tornadoes, forecasters said, but the biggest threat is on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service on Monday issued tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm watches for parts of Kansas and Nebraska that remain in effect until 1 a.m. ET. Several tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service throughout the day in Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming, but none are believed to have caused any damage.
On Tuesday, storms packing heavy rainfall will bring the possibility of large hail, dangerous wind gusts and tornadoes to the
central U.S., according to Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Forbes.
Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma and Arkansas
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least two tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and two more hit Arkansas on Thursday as a powerful storm system moved through the middle of the country, injuring at least nine people.
The National Weather Service reported two tornadoes on the ground near Perkins and Ripley in north central Oklahoma and another west of Oden, Ark.
All nine of the injured were in Arkansas; two of the injuries were attributed to a lightning strike in Rogers. Lightning was also believed to have started a fire that destroyed two floors of a condominium building in northwestern Indiana.
Some trees, homes and power lines were damaged in Arkansas, and the National Weather Service confirmed that tornadoes touched down in Montgomery County and in Clark County. Emergency Management spokesman Tommy Jackson said first responders had trouble reaching a destroyed home where one person was hurt because a number of trees were blocking the road.
Missouri Governor Nixon declares "State of Emergency"
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon tonight declared a state of emergency in Missouri as a widespread severe weather system continued to move across the state, bringing heavy rain, hail, straight-line winds, flooding and radar-indicated tornadoes. This severe weather follows several days of heavy rain throughout much of the state, leading to flooding along many streams and rivers. The severe weather threat continues tonight in parts of Missouri, and is likely to continue tomorrow for much of the state.
“Much of Missouri is experiencing dangerous severe weather tonight, on the heels of several days of heavy rain,” Gov. Nixon said. “I urge Missourians to closely monitor weather conditions, so they can take shelter or move to higher ground if needed. The risk of severe weather remains with us well into tomorrow. The state of Missouri will continue to work closely with local officials to help protect lives and property from these storms.”
The State Emergency Operations Center has been actively monitoring the storm system this week. Gov. Nixon has been receiving updates from his emergency management team, including senior officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Highway Patrol and State Emergency Management Agency to assess the current weather situation and address local needs.
Gov. Nixon has also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services.
NIGHT OF HELL
PHOTO of Storm chaser vehicle tossed by Oklahoma tornado, severely damaged, men survived.
I watched Friday evening May 31 on TV, switching channels, and online, multiple radars and radio station reports.
People tried to drive away from all the tornadoes, but instead drove straight into one of them and were stranded on highways.
As I listened I feared deaths could be over 100 easily, but at dawn *only* 7 dead. We need to look for God's Mercy in His judgments.
I prayed that the Lord would spare His own by miracles. I get reports and testimonies days or weeks after events.
Thank GOD I dont live in Oklahoma! After they had an OFFICIAL homosexual parade, GOD had struck them hard with multiple tornadoes, hail, wind and flooding!
Flooding and flash flooding is a danger but I dont track that, as its not an immediate crisis. If you SEE standing water, AVOID it.
Let me be clear. That filthy SIN is not *gay* and a SHAME, not something to be proud of.
They stirred up the WRATH of GOD.
SIN is what GOD has said it is. Man, goverment, states, churches cannot sanction what GOD has declared is SIN.
YOU DO NOT want to piss of the Almighty One! If you want His protection as an individual, a state, or a nation, you best agree with Him and OBEY HIM!
Excellent weather radar