Tornado Tragedy Strikes Central Oklahoma (VIDEO)
Matt | On 21, May 2013
Severe weather dealt a devastating blow to the Oklahoma City area on Monday afternoon.
Just after 3:00 p.m. CT, an EF-5 scale tornado roared through the suburb of Moore and south Oklahoma City. The twister left a damage path that was a mile wide at some points. Updated numbers confirm that 24 people were left dead — nine of whom were children. More than 200 people were injured.
Tornadoes are not new to Oklahoma. But, the strength and damage path made the storm that much more intense. Storms in 1999 and 2003 both cut through the Moore community, leaving dozens dead. To see that happen again, at times over the same area, was heart-breaking to say the least.
President Obama has declared a state of emergency for Oklahoma beginning with the storms that started on May 18. He spoke live to the nation on Tuesday morning about the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) plans to help. He offered the support of the nation and its thoughts and prayers during the difficult journey.
There are several ways that people living outside of Oklahoma can help those in need. Click here for the full list.
People living in Oklahoma, Texas, and other areas of the country’s midsection are being told to be vigilant about the weather. Other severe weather outbreaks are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Great Plains east to the Great Lakes.
OKLAHOMA GOV. MARY FALLIN TALKS TO THE MEDIA ABOUT THE STORMS: