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Oklahoma Tornadoes : Rescue Efforts Continue

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 8:54am | IP Logged
Tragedy strikes Oklahoma City
Once again a devastating tragedy has struck and left various lives shattered. A massive tornado has hit the city of Oklahoma, taking away 24 lives and up to 70 more feared dead!  Among the people dead are 7 young children! 
We sincerely hope that all the members of are safe and sound! 
Please do keep the victims, survivors and the departed souls in your prayers.
During this grief stricken moment, may God give the citizens of Oklahoma city the strength to cope up with the loss of the loved ones.  Although no words can really help to ease the loss they bear, they will remain in every thought and prayer. 

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Oklahoma Tornado : Rescue efforts Continue 

First responders are in a race against time in the search for any survivors of a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., while the medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from 51 to 24, including seven children.

Two elementary schools were in the path of Monday's tornado, which the National Weather Service gave a preliminary rating of at least EF-4, meaning churning wind speeds of up to 200 mph.

Oklahoma City police spokesman Sgt. Gary Knight said some of the victims were from Plaza Towers Elementary School.

A total of 242 patients, including 58 children, were treated at hospitals. Many patients have been treated and discharged while others have been transferred among hospitals.

President Obama signed a disaster declaration in Oklahoma and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes.

The first tornado warning went out around 2:40 p.m. local time and just 16 minutes later a tornado tore a 12-mile gash in Oklahoma from Newcastle to Oklahoma City. Frantic groups of rescuers could be seen digging through debris within minutes after the tornado blew by.

Moore, a community of 41,000 people about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City, saw homes wiped off their foundations and cars tossed like toys on top of nearby buildings. Block after block lay in ruins, reduced to smoking piles of wood and brick.
We kindly request all our members to pray for the affected!
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Edited by MP_Radha - 21 May 2013 at 9:35am

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 9:36am | IP Logged
Oklahoma tornado 'in the same league' as worst twister in history
By Julie Cart
May 20, 2013, 5:11 p.m.
Monday's monster Oklahoma tornado traced nearly the same path and "was at least in the same league" as the historic May 3, 1999, twister that was the most powerful tornado ever recorded, weather officials said.

[Update, 5:29 p.m. May 20: Oklahoma authorities said at least 37 people were killed in the tornado, and that the number would rise. Hospitals were treating scores of casualties, including children.]

The tornado that cut through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore was rated at least an EF4, the second highest rating, and clocked winds of about 200 mph. Once more measurements are taken, the storm has the potential to be upgraded, weather officials said.

Neighborhoods have been flattened, a search and rescue operation is ongoing at a devastated elementary school and piles of debris can be seen across the area.

PHOTOS: Tornadoes hit Oklahoma

At Plaza Towers Elementary School, the storm tore off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal, according to the Associated Press.

Forecasters say the threat of more  twisters in the area is dissipating, but it's not over.

"It's decreased , but the night is young," said Patrick Marsh, a meteorologist  with the National Weather Service in Oklahoma City.

MAP: Path of destruction

A cold front is pushing the violent weather toward Dallas and Little Rock, cities that should begin to see severe weather Tuesday, he said.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service had been tracking the incoming storm for days and had affixed a "moderate risk" assessment to the system.

The storm was created by a warm humid air mass that stalled in the central plains. That hot air was propelled upward by the cold front, where it was spun into the upper atmosphere in a vortex of swirling wind.

These so-called super-cell thunderstorms -- often accompanied by pelting hail -- are not uncommon. And they spawn powerful, violent weather.
"We are getting to the upper end of the tornado spectrum," Marsh said.

Marsh said wind speeds created by tornadoes are difficult to quantify because the wind "tends to destroy measurement devices." One way meteorologists assign categories to tornadoes is to look at photographs of damaged buildings.

Edited by MP_Radha - 21 May 2013 at 9:59am

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 10:22am | IP Logged
What happened is so unfortunate. My heart goes out to all those innocent lives that have been affected. RIP to all those innocent lives that have been lost. My deep condolences reach out to all the families that have been affected in any way from this horrible act of mother nature. My heart breaks hearing such news like this. </3 Please, God, give all the strength to the nation of Oklahoma to rebuild the state and the strength to overcome the loss.

Thank you for this thread. 

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 12:33pm | IP Logged
I just finished revising on Tornadoes and Hurricane itself a while ago Geek yet I am unaware of this news.

Thoughts and Prayers to everyone in Oklahoma Unhappy 

Thanks for the news.

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 12:53pm | IP Logged
Hope everybody is safe out there now . Rest in peace to souls.

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 2:26pm | IP Logged
May god give them strength to fight back...

Sending my blessing to all those who are younger than me and a tight hug to all those who are elder.

May the souls rest in peace who had lost their lives in such a disaster.

Oklahoma We are all praying hard for you...

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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 4:20pm | IP Logged
My heart goes out to them all. May God give them the strength to face the tornadoes. May the souls RIP. I will pray for everyone!
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Posted: 21 May 2013 at 5:59pm | IP Logged
that's really sad news... rip to those ppl and mashallah hope everyone is alrite

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