Skip to comments.Tornado touches down west of Oklahoma City (Injuries being reported)
Posted on 05/31/2013 5:46:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVetEdited on 05/31/2013 5:55:33 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
DEVELOPING: A massive tornado has touched down west of Oklahoma City where it has done damage and it is headed toward Oklahoma City.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado emergency for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Weather service forecaster Daryl Williams says the emergency issued Friday evening includes Oklahoma City and some suburbs.
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Dear God, not again!
prayers up for everyone down there.
Prayers without reservation! Lord help these people,
Prayers and a whole lot of faith needed
Last report is 3 twisters on the ground. One headed towards Moore.
Lord, please help these people. God bless them. Many prayers up.
I have been watching on Fox. Multiple vortices. The thing is huge. Pray for our Oklahoma brothers and sisters.
Its ugly that’s fer sure.
We are below ground in our shelter North East of the City... Just North of 44 in Luther
I could see in my mind what happened to Moore and really thought I'd had it. After thirty-five minutes the weather channel said it was okay, it didn't drop to earth.
I have left that big love seat cushion leaned against the wall in that bathroom because it's difficult for me to get it in there and until this tornado weather changes, the cushion is staying there.
I'm watching the weather channel now as this deadly weather moves around. This has just been terrible in Texas, people killed here and terrible in Oklahoma with people killed.
Looking at west of St. Louis, tornado debris field. I pray for everyone in danger tonight.
God bless you
Doesn’t sound good,cars turning around on the freeway.
God bless these people - I hope there are enough places to go for shelter.
“It looks like Texas may be back in the barrel tomorrow evening.”
Really - didn’t know that. I’ve had my tornado scare for the year; don’t want another.
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I’m so frightened for the people stuck in traffic. If it were me I would not stay in the car but would be out in a field.
..nite time live feed by FOX
dammmmmmmmm..looks like heavy traffic on that live feed..
Live Streaming from any of the following:
Please be safe!
May God bless you & keep you!
I’ll bet their auto insurance will fight that claim
Looks like they got more than they bargained for...
Story goes at the big mall the mall cops ran everyone out of the tornado shelter and caused a traffic jam.
God wants our country to turn back to him.
When will we learn the message?
Wow! (((ping))) to 30.
Looks like they found it.
Mike Bettes and his team are very lucky tonight!
Barely missed us (again). Minor damage to house. Lots of debris. More fun in OKC!
Sadly, several deaths reported. We can fix things. We can’t fix lost lives.
I heard an interview with their IDIOT governor on Fox, she’s upset that people we’re out and about and on the roads, at rush hour on a Friday.
She said they should get off of the roads.
Where the hell are they to go? Abandon their cars an run into the middle of a corn field?
She said she told the Highway patrol to go out and warn people that a storm is coming, and close the highway in the area of the storm.,
Thus causing a major traffic jam, trapping people on the road.
So effectively, a typical government official thinks people ars SOO Stupid, in Oklahoma that they forgot what a tornado is, from last week, don’t have the capacity to recognize a threatening storm, check out its direction on their phone, or turn on their radio and make decisions for themselves.
There was a very unusual traffic jam right before the storm hit. The roads wouldn’t have normally been as busy at that time of night, but I think a lot of folks chose to bug out. That only works if you leave well in advance of storms. About 1/2 hour out from getting hit? Too late. Hunker down in place is best bet. I heard there were many accidents, and a lot weren’t caused by the tornado. They were caused by people whipping at very high speeds around others on the highways in a mad attempt to escape or get home in time to beat storms. I was passed by several folks going probably at least 90 MPH.
That was conventional wisdom after the May 20th tornado. Get out of town rather than weathering the storm. Too bad that doesn’t work when everyone else is trying to evacuate at the same time. Lesson learned for me. I’ll stay home. People need to stay off the roads during these things.
Should have used a Ford.
Seriously, that vehicle’s pretty banged up. I hope injuries weren’t too serious.
It wasn’t rush hour. It was 6:30 PM, and the news was warning people it was going to be bad all day long.
Gubmit is your friend
6:30 is still” rush hour” in my area, and they have been warning of threatening weather all week.
What are people supposed to do? Quit their jobs and hide at home?
Hell that’s no safer than any place else.
I’m just saying the government should simply put out warnings and then get out of the way and not clog traffic “ for everyone’s safety”
I think people are still learning from these. This, frankly, is the worst I’ve seen it in OKC. Both the May 3 1999 and May 20 2013 missed us by about 2 miles. Today it looks like we had a much nearer miss (stockade fence with metal poles bent over, roof damage, trees down, etc in our neighborhood).
I think after May 20 people decided it was better to simply leave than weather these storms. I have never seen traffic so busy at this time of the night in my area. That makes me think people were trying to get out, but you can’t leave when the roads are clogged. Had several yahoos burn past me on the highway at very high rates of speed, apparently in a mad dash to escape or make it home in time.
The best bet? Get a storm shelter and ride the storms out. Even a direct hit by an F-5 cannot destroy an underground shelter (but you might have to be dug out after). That’s far, far better than being caught on the roads as some people were.
The weather reporting is very, very good, BTW, so it’s possible to know when it’s still safe to travel and when it’s not. I’d say it’s too late if you’re within a 30 minute window. On something like this that covered a large area with tornadoes all over, it’s foolish to try and escape. A family member tried it and ended up having a much nearer miss than if they had stayed home.
I am still watching the local St Louis stations. They are saying that our area South of St Louis needs to be monitored in case of developments.
It looks like St. Louis Metro area is cleared for now, still waiting to hear the results. Tornado did hit there. Just heard that Gov. Nixon has declared a state of emergency.
Holiday Inn Express was hit. The hospitals were spared.
Thank God you were missed, I can’t imagine.
We get hurricanes ( with tornados) but at least can see them coming.
Our State learned finally to get out of the way, ( for the most part) close the toll booths to let traffic flow for the folks in the costal areas, and move accidents well off to the side.
Everyone is praying for your community, I dread seeing the news in the morning.
Sadly i suspect those that were being stupid on the roads tonight are the same people that come up on merge to the right lane, get in the left lane and go like hell then try to butt in at the last minute causing traffic to come to a complete hault. Stupid people do stupid stuff. More so when under extreme stress putting everyone around them in danger.
Very happy you are safe.