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Terrifying Footage of the Oklahoma City Tornado: VIDEO


Our thoughts tonight are with the people of Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, after a massive tornado ripped through town causing multiple fatalities.

USA Today:

A massive, mile-wide tornado with winds up to 200 mph spent 40 minutes on the ground as it devastated homes, schools and businesses across southern Oklahoma City and its suburbs Monday afternoon.

At least 10 deaths were confirmed, according to multiple media reports.

Catastrophic damage was reported in Moore, where two elementary schools were destroyed, including one that took a direct hit. Several children were pulled alive from the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary, but there were no immediate reports of rescues or casualties at Briarwood Elementary...

...The preliminary rating of the tornado that hit Moore about 3 p.m. CT is at least an EF-4, which means wind speeds of from 166 to 200 mph, the National Weather Service said.

Watch amateur footage of the tornado as it barreled toward OKC, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: Photos of one of the elementary schools here. At many as 24 students may have died at one of the schools. A before/after photo of Moore here. Just sickening.

Another from the same uploader:

And here's time-lapse footage captured by a news helicopter:

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  1. These tornadoes are a tragedy for the people of Oklahoma. But I don't see Pat Robertson saying that they are God's revenge for Oklahoma's (negative) views about gay people (hmmmm.... like Hurricane Katrina was God's revenge for how New Orleans (positively) treated gay people.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | May 20, 2013 8:18:33 PM

  2. I thought God only punished states that allowed same-sex marriage. I'm stunned... Maybe he mixed up Oklahoma with Minnesota?

    Posted by: Matt N | May 20, 2013 8:25:31 PM

  3. Spare me the Pat Robinson connection. You're the revenge queen.

    Posted by: Nate | May 20, 2013 8:27:50 PM

  4. Same-sex marriage states are self-punishing.

    Posted by: Ben | May 20, 2013 8:31:01 PM

  5. Can we all just stop bickering and send our thoughts to the people of this ravaged state please?

    Posted by: palto | May 20, 2013 8:32:44 PM

  6. Yes, let's all take the opportunity for political/social snarking while the bodies of children are getting pulled out of the school. Class act.

    Posted by: LiamB | May 20, 2013 8:33:54 PM

  7. Really. Even Pat Robinson and THE WBC will wait at least a day before they blame it on gays.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 20, 2013 8:36:39 PM

  8. Someone please explain to an ignorant southern californian how these hicks ever built an elementary school without some kind of underground shelter, in the middle of oklahoma? Why did 24 children die in predictable weather event?

    Posted by: HKfCA | May 20, 2013 8:37:02 PM

  9. I revise my earlier statement...The WBC is already tweeting out their usual BS and have been for last few hours.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 20, 2013 8:39:44 PM

  10. @HKfCA I wondered the same thing but just heard the (R) Congressperson from OK who lives in that neighborhood give an interview on CNN. They asked him the same thing. He said basements and such are rare in most of the state because they have to blasted out of the solid rock. He said some people have fortified rooms in their homes.

    Also, why do they have to be called hicks? That's a bit douchey, don't you think?

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 20, 2013 8:42:46 PM

  11. Well, the only "famous" person so far I've seen who took to the internet to score political laughs on the deaths of crushed to death third graders is Daily Show co-creator/write Lizz Winstead and of course she is backtracking like a lunatic.

    I never really cares what nobody assh0les had to say.

    Spin LIZZ, SPIN!!! She's already hitting up her NYC mates for contributions. If you're going to a cocktail party there tonight, bring $$$.

    Posted by: MIke | May 20, 2013 8:46:03 PM

  12. HKfCA, it's the soil type from what we were always told. Something about the clay content. Other than that, most of the buildings like that usually are designed with safe areas of some sort to minimize this kind of thing. The first elementary school that got hit, no serious injuries, but the second one just imploded.

    And let's face it, when you get hit by a tornado of that magnitude, basements aren't really safe.

    Posted by: LiamB | May 20, 2013 8:46:12 PM

  13. @ BearlyBob: yes, my apologies. misdirected anger.

    Posted by: HKfCA | May 20, 2013 9:01:13 PM

  14. Some of you people need to get a life. A state just suffered 51 deaths, as reported by the OK state medical examiner's office, and you're worried about some right wing lunatics making stupid statements?

    How about forgetting about them and focusing on the tragedy in OK. When you focus on the lunatics, you drop to their level. Ignore them, like the rest of the country.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | May 20, 2013 9:26:15 PM

  15. actually NO, the lack of basements has nothing to do with the soil type but rather the more lax building codes

    "There's a rational explanation for the typical lack of basements in the South and there prevalence in the North. The further North you go, the deeper the building codes require you to excavate to place a home's footing below the frost line. If you're excavating 3-4' already, plus placing the house 2' out of the ground, it's foolish to not dig an extra foot or so and just create a basement. In the South, the codes may only require footings to be 1-2' deep, and therefore the addition of a basement would require much more excavation (and therefore cost) beyond what's required."

    Posted by: Moz's | May 20, 2013 10:04:44 PM

  16. PS; it should also be mentioned that both OK senators opposed funding disaster relief in the past

    Posted by: Moz's | May 20, 2013 10:09:30 PM

  17. Not to be insensitive, because I do truly feel and pray for these people and communities; however, when a disaster strikes in 'liberal' states (ie. hurricane Sandy), the first words from Christian conservatives and the Bible belt is that it is "Gods will" because of liberal views (ie. gay marriage). So what is it called when the Bible belt has a disaster? Is it not "Gods will"? Let's see how fast disaster relief comes from the federal government. Will it be held up like the Republican's did (lest we forget) after hurricane Sandy?

    Posted by: CB | May 20, 2013 11:01:13 PM

  18. Sad to see how nasty and ugly people can be online. Really? Especially right after the disaster? Get over yourselves and take the higher road.

    Thoughts are with you, OK. I weep especially for the young kids who lost their lives and their families.

    Posted by: Evan C | May 20, 2013 11:07:26 PM

  19. Also, I grew up in west Texas, where tornadoes frequent. Basements are very rare in this area mainly because of the soil. Google it.

    Posted by: Evan C | May 20, 2013 11:11:37 PM

  20. Also, I grew up in west Texas, where tornadoes frequent. Basements are very rare in this area mainly because of the soil. Google it.

    Posted by: Evan C | May 20, 2013 11:11:38 PM

  21. Liz Winstead sure twatted out a nugget. It's defies logic how someone can lack common sense for something like that.

    Posted by: BearlyBob | May 20, 2013 11:49:25 PM

  22. CB who CARES? The rest of the nation doesn't. The death toll is now up to 91, with 20 of them children. Personally, spending any amount of energy on a bunch of lunatics less than 24 hours after this horrific tragedy is a waste.

    Thoughts and prayers to the people of Moore, OK and their family and friends.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | May 21, 2013 1:03:15 AM

  23. Few places in the world are immune to natural disasters. Bringing religion, politics, or anything else into their causes is absurd. Certain places aren't ideal if you want to avoid disaster, but I'd still live in SF (current home) over central VA (former home) any day, and VA was hit with an earthquake in the past year. Nature is capricious.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 21, 2013 2:39:33 AM

  24. Well, HAARP is getting better by the day it seems...

    Posted by: YouAndMe | May 21, 2013 3:08:08 AM

  25. Well, HAARP is getting better by the day it seems...

    Posted by: YouAndMe | May 21, 2013 3:08:10 AM

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