An Ugly Storm

It was an ugly storm that hit Moore, Oklahoma.

Mike Prendergast of SkyWatcherMedia.com.

Mike Prendergast of SkyWatcherMedia.com.

The pictures hint at the storm’s size, as seen in this photo posted by Ben Holcomb on Twitter.

Ben Holcomb Twitter (@wx8ben)

Ben Holcomb Twitter (@wx8ben)

When it was gone the devastation was extraordinary. This picture posted by the Oklahoma County Sheriff on Twitter gives just one view of the aftermath.

Oklahoma County Sheriff Twitter

Oklahoma County Sheriff Twitter

The random nature of storm damage is always unsettling. Reports say debris from the tornado has been found in Tulsa, 90 miles away, and Branson, Missouri, 250+ miles away.

NewsOK Twitter

NewsOK Twitter

Moore is a community just south of Oklahoma City. If the city’s name sounds familiar, you may be remembering the 1999 tornado in Moore. That storm killed more than 40 people. Below, a wounded dog is comforted after Monday’s tornado.

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

Neighborhoods have been obliterated.

Steve Gooch/Associated Press via NYTimes.com

Steve Gooch/Associated Press via NYTimes.com

This is what’s left of the Moore Medical Center.

Dana Hertneky Twitter

Dana Hertneky/NEWS9 Twitter

This was someone’s home.

Instagram

Instagram

First responders were faced with catastrophic conditions.

Oklahoma County Sheriff Twitter

Oklahoma County Sheriff Twitter

The property damage is almost impossible to comprehend.

Danny Moody Twitter (@Moody_D)

Danny Moody Twitter (@Moody_D)

While the structural damage is staggering, the human toll is ghastly.

Associated Press via the BBC

Associated Press via the BBC

A mother carries her child to safety.

Via

Sue  Ogrocki/AP Photo

Children were pulled out of Plaza Towers Elementary School.

AP Photo Sue Ogrocki

AP Photo Sue Ogrocki

Everyone raced to try and rescue children from the school.

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

You can’t help but see the look of shock on the faces of survivors.

AP Photo Sue Ogrocki

AP Photo Sue Ogrocki

There are reports some children were told to hold onto walls.

AP Photo/ Sue Ogrocki

AP Photo/ Sue Ogrocki

This woman is carrying an injured child to a triage are near the Plaza Towers School.

Via

Via

As of this writing, some children from the Towers Plaza School remain unaccounted for.

At another school, Briarwood Elementary, the news was better, everyone is said to have made it out alive. Below we see teachers and parents moving children to safety.

Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman

Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman

More photos are showing up on social media.

Madi Alexander Twitter

Madi Alexander Twitter

The destruction goes on for miles.

Ginger Zee/ABC News

Ginger Zee/ABC News

This pup survived but is obviously shaken.

Oklahoma County Sheriff Twitter

Oklahoma County Sheriff Twitter

One of the benefits of having almost-instantaneous access to information means that technology can help in the aftermath of a disaster. The City of Moore has already set up a website, Moore Recovers.

City of Moore

City of Moore

A Facebook page has also been set up as a sort of clearing house, “Moore Oklahoma Tornado” shows Oklahoman’s generosity.

Moore Tornado Facebook Page

Moore Oklahoma Tornado’ Facebook Page

There is also a Facebook page for Moore Tornado Lost & Found Pets.

We lived in Oklahoma City for three years, both of us worked at a local affiliate. Mick Cornett, the Mayor of Oklahoma City was actually a sports and news anchor at our station.  He has done a remarkable job as Mayor, and seen his share of disasters. Mick toured the damage, and posted this photo on his Facebook page. His one-word reaction to “stunned”.

Mick Cornett Facebook Page

Mick Cornett Facebook Page

We were working there. That is the year when the Murrah Federal Building was bombed. We can tell you that Oklahomans are the nicest people you will ever meet.  They are kind and they are polite and they are generous; we learned a great deal about humility and courage while living there. Oklahoma City’s booming economy and revitalized downtown are demonstrative of the community’s backbone and resolve, they refused to become defined by the event.

But still.

Oklahoma County Sheriff

Oklahoma County Sheriff

It is a lot for any community, let alone one that dealt with a very similar situation in 1999. Below, another image from this tornado.

Gene Blevins/Reuters via NYTimes.com

Gene Blevins/Reuters via NYTimes.com

The recovery and rebuilding will be of gargantuan proportions.

Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman

Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman

If so inclined you can help in a variety of ways.

  • Charity Navigator has a brief post and list of agencies that are rated 3-star and 4-star per their criteria
  • If looking for news on family members Safe and Well is a site run by the Red Cross. People can register themselves as being safe and well, loved ones can look for them on the site.
  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, or donate to the Red Cross via an online donation or by phone.
  • Text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you can also donate via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
  • Many, many people will need food, text FOOD to 32333 to assist the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank
  • The Southern Baptist Convention promises donations will go directly to help those in need, providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters, this is the page for that group .
  • Animal care will be a challenge, it always is after this sort of thing. In previous disasters national animal welfare agencies have accepted donations targeted for specific relief aid, I imagine that will be the case again here. I’ll update with a link(s) should I find any.

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5 responses to “An Ugly Storm

  1. MCW

    Just awful. Mother Nature can be a real bitch. Prayers to everyone in OK.

  2. OMG, these pictures are hard to look at. So tragic and soooo scary and unimaginable. My heart and prayers go out to all those who were affected.

  3. Terrible. I will be donating to the Red Cross and praying for all affected. Thank you for sharing this.
    Amy

  4. Anonymous

    Prayers being sent to all of those in Oklahoma!

  5. Thank you for posting these photos. I lived most of my life in Oklahoma and was very thankful that all my friends and family made it through the storm safely.

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