|05-21-2013 09:36 PM|
The stories of the teachers at Plaza Towers Elememtary are simply amazing. They piled most of the students into bathrooms, then covered them with their own bodies. The roof was ripped off, and they held strong. The decision to not trust the hallway was a very good one.
3 students were found underneath a car, similar to the one above, in the hallway. Their teacher had them huddled underneath herself, allowing them all to survive.
She is Rhonda Crosswhite, one of the teachers at Plaza Towers that sheltered children in the bathroom. Starting salary of a teacher at Plaza Towers? 31,600$. Amazing.
|05-21-2013 06:58 PM|
Definitely not. However there have been quite a few EF5's the last few years. There has always been tornado this strong. As cities and towns continue to expand the targets get bigger and easier for a tornado to hit. It also seems worse because there was an idled drought of EF5 tornadoes between the Greensburg, KS tornado in 2007 and the Joplin tornado in 2011. If I recall corectly, the last EF5 before the 2007 tornado was the OKC tornado of '99. So not more common. Just more area for them to hit. And the fact that there was a long drought of EF5's makes it seem like there's been an abnormal amount of them.
|05-21-2013 06:19 PM|
|1jeeplvr||Are storms of this magnitude becoming more common or what??|
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|05-21-2013 04:50 AM|
Here's my thread to add to this - http://www.wranglerforum.com/f6/than...ge-244047.html
I usually work nights so I can't sleep even if I want to. I will be going out again later today too. We still have search and rescue finishing Plaza Tower school, last I heard, they are going to continue to work it until they have everyone accounted for. There's just so much, and so little at the same time.
A lot of the clean up/search efforts are on hold until sunrise again. It's a mess, there's so much debris and little stuff everywhere. The amount of stuff you have to drive over to get anywhere.
Don't get hung up on death counts yet, they are going to go up and down for the next few days until it gets sorted out. There are a lot though, right now they are confirming 51 dead, of those dead, 20 are children. There have been 45 children transported to hospitals with injuries. They were saying they expected 40 more to be added to the dead count soon, I don't know who or where these people came from, it was called in as we were leaving the Home Depot in Moore.
Home Depot has been made into it's own city down there. They had the generators running, and a food truck was cooking for search and rescue, volunteers, etc. There is a lot of people out helping, and they are switching them out in shifts - one reason we came home. The worst area is from the Orr Family Farm - it's a teaching farm or exploration farm for families - to the Warren Theatre. Tower Plaza School is between here too.
Lots and lots of military are out there too - too many to name, from all branches. Many fire departments are out there, police, search and rescue teams - again, too many to name but I saw people form near and far - the furthest was Altus.
If you want to help, please find a reputable charity to donate to. If you are local to OKC - News 9 is taking donations of any type, food, water, supplies, at their station on north Britton. For info - Oklahoma's Own - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |
I want to go to sleep for a few hours but I just can't sleep now. I guess I'm going to repack my gear and get ready for daylight.
|05-20-2013 10:31 PM|
|jeepers29||All of you in OK, and family friends of those affected, we are thinking about you here in Texas.|
|05-20-2013 10:22 PM|
|Pennsyman||So tragic...thoughts and prayers to those in OK.....can't even imagine winds of that power and devastation.|
|05-20-2013 09:45 PM|
The latest death toll is 56, of which 24 were children! Another two dozen children are still missing.
All we can do is pray for them and their families!
To put it into perspective, they all got up this morning, just like we did. They planned their day, and now they are all gone! There are no guarantee's in life! What's even sadder is that the children were just starting their lives....
|05-20-2013 09:38 PM|
|06 Red Rubicon||I bought my 06 in Moore about 3 years ago I hope the fatality rate stops and the good news starts increasing|
|05-20-2013 08:25 PM|
|Carlsbad0331||A group from San Diego associated with "Team Amber Rescue" is headed out tomorrow with cadaver dogs... Im on the second string list of volunteers to go. They have already categorized most of the area as Search and Recovery...|
|05-20-2013 07:46 PM|
Absolutely devastating; I've never heard of a tornado so fierce.
God be with Oklahoma, all her children, and all who respond to help.
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|05-20-2013 06:10 PM|
|laollis||Sad. Still pulling kids out.|
|05-20-2013 06:05 PM|
|Abnormal-JK||They just reported it at 190 MPH... holy *&^%|
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|05-20-2013 05:52 PM|
|DFW6ER||Just read it hit an elementary school. In Moore, which is where that May 4th tornado hit back in the late 90s|
|05-20-2013 05:40 PM|
|Billy Baldone||Holy crap, on the ground for an hour almost a mile wide. Unbelievable.|
|05-20-2013 05:35 PM|
|Abnormal-JK||Prayers going up~|
|05-20-2013 05:32 PM|
I was just watching it in Fox News, it has to be the worst that I have ever seen. I was in a tornado many years ago, but nothing like what they are showing!
I wonder if we have any Forum Members, that live in this dangerous storm area?
|05-20-2013 05:24 PM|
|Hokieneer||My prayers go out to everyone in that area I can't even imagine, stay safe!|
|05-20-2013 05:09 PM|
EF5 Tornado wiping out Oklahoma
It's breaking news on all of the stations.
EF5, 2 miles wide and has stayed on the ground for approx. 45 minutes.
They are saying that this maybe the worst Tornado ever recorded.
YES, THIS IS ONLY RELATED TO OUR WRANGLERS IF WE ARE DRIVING INTO IT.