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Tornado on the Ground in Okc & KS
Channel 5 Oklahoma ^ | 05/08/03 | Me

Posted on 05/08/2003 3:22:12 PM PDT by chantal7

Tornado on the ground. Heading for Tinker AFB.

Debris flying and electrical lines down.

I-240 and Sooner Road, it's crossing the road.


TOPICS: Breaking News; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: tornado
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To: chantal7
That's what I heard. I also heard Tinker not damaged but appears the GM plant is totalled.
51 posted on 05/08/2003 3:50:51 PM PDT by Sally'sConcerns (I miss Texas!)
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To: Brad's Gramma
"Major damage to Tinker AFB and the GM plant...an airborne mobile home..." ---The Weather Channel
52 posted on 05/08/2003 3:50:59 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Petronski
Aw geez...
53 posted on 05/08/2003 3:51:38 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma
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To: Sally'sConcerns
Thanks..I wasn't sure if I heard that right.
54 posted on 05/08/2003 3:51:51 PM PDT by chantal7
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To: Okies love Dubya 2
My hubby's #2 sister & hubby had the roofing torn off their house last year by a category 1 or 2 tornado last year (and we have basements in Wisconsin). This tornado was followed by another one a couple weeks later. That one missed their house, but they ended up with quite a bit of flooding--including their basement.

The insurance adjuster might as well just moved in to their house--and she's got a lot of new stuff, like a roof, drywall, carpeting, furnace, furniture, etc. Oddly enough, when the tornado touched down & took their roof off, their son's boat was untouched--didn't even move.

55 posted on 05/08/2003 3:51:52 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Petronski

The aforementioned GM plant.

56 posted on 05/08/2003 3:52:03 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: chantal7
Yes, its true! Tornado frozen solid & is laying on it's side covering several towns.
Amazing story. Danger is when it melts it will raise havoc again.
Plans in the works to keep it frozen & haul it out to sea where it can thawout harmlessly.
57 posted on 05/08/2003 3:52:06 PM PDT by Warren
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To: ewing
Ft. Riley is on the backside of that cell between Salina and Topeka..
58 posted on 05/08/2003 3:52:13 PM PDT by HiJinx (The right person, in the right place, at the right time...)
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To: Sally'sConcerns
watching tv footage....one corner of gm plant is destroyed...major damage to a bank, restaurant, homes, cars.....helicopter crew followed path, narrow but extremely violent.
59 posted on 05/08/2003 3:52:36 PM PDT by dennis1x
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To: Petronski
Prayers to all
60 posted on 05/08/2003 3:52:49 PM PDT by Friend of thunder (No sane person wants war, but oppressors want oppression.)
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To: Catspaw
I was in Carleton, Michigan in late 60's and a tornado hit Flat Rock, which was named that for a reason. Her father drove home and got us into the basement. We just made it there and I heard a noise I will never forget. To me it sounded like a giant powerful Kirby vacuum sweeper up over head. A low, grinding and growling sound and windows breaking out. I thought we were all going to die. It blew the little window open in the basement and the car in the driveway was at an angle when we went back up. In town, it had destroyed many buildings. In Florida, the tornados are quicker but smaller. We have no basements so I go to the Post Office since it is reinforced and open all night.
61 posted on 05/08/2003 3:53:05 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: Petronski
an airborne mobile home

In a small town near Oshkosh WI, a tornado picked up a mobile home and rammed it into the 2nd floor of a house.

You couldn't pay me enough to stay in a mobile home during a tornado warning.

62 posted on 05/08/2003 3:53:23 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: dennis1x
Channel 9 reporting the bank was levelled.
63 posted on 05/08/2003 3:54:42 PM PDT by Sally'sConcerns (I miss Texas!)
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To: chantal7
homes completely totalled all over Moore.
64 posted on 05/08/2003 3:54:55 PM PDT by Kwilliams
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To: PhiKapMom
Hello... you okay out that way?
65 posted on 05/08/2003 3:55:16 PM PDT by deport (Beware of Idiots bearing gifts.... One maybe the FR Joke)
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To: dennis1x
AP Wire via KOCO-TV:

Intial Reports Indicate Heavy Damage

POSTED: 5:26 p.m. CDT May 8, 2003
UPDATED: 5:50 p.m. CDT May 8, 2003
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A large tornado has apparently touched down in southern Oklahoma City and its southeastern suburbs.

Footage showed heavy damage to Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City and the General Motors plant in south Oklahoma County.

There were reports of injuries at the GM plant, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

The storm has parrelled Interstate 240, destroying metal industrial buildings, a mobile home sales lots, a bank, a fast-food restaurant and tossed 18-wheelers.

There also were reports of leveled businesses near I-240, a major thoroughfare in central Oklahoma.

Structures were stripped of roofs, automobiles and mobile homes were strewn across the landscape.

Power lines and large trees also were toppled and other debris could be seen.
66 posted on 05/08/2003 3:55:18 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Sally'sConcerns
Lincoln National Bank is the bank that has collapsed
67 posted on 05/08/2003 3:56:33 PM PDT by Sally'sConcerns (I miss Texas!)
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To: chantal7
Wow! We seem to be having a lot of tornadoes these days.

I've never actually seen one myself, although I have seen water spouts over water a few times.

68 posted on 05/08/2003 3:57:06 PM PDT by Scenic Sounds
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To: Okies love Dubya 2
The cell appears to be moving right up I 44. Of course the tornado may or may not hold together. They are predicting Tulsa in about 45 min to 1hr.
69 posted on 05/08/2003 3:57:23 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Petronski
Prayers for everyone.
70 posted on 05/08/2003 3:57:42 PM PDT by fatima (Go Karen,Look at all these's prayers.For all our troops,we love you.)
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To: Petronski
KFOR-TV:

An F-2 or weak F-3 tornado has hit the GM plant causing major structural damage.

The tornado also hit near Crossroads mall.

There is already a debris field and several power poles are down. Chopper 4 reports the tornado has just tracked over I-35 and heavy traffic. Tornado warning has been extended for Potowatamie County and southern and western Lincoln County until 6:30 p.m.

Please take necessary precautions to keep your family safe.
71 posted on 05/08/2003 3:58:03 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Petronski
Dallas news reporting that Moore was hit again like in 1999
72 posted on 05/08/2003 3:59:02 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: sheikdetailfeather
We just made it there and I heard a noise I will never forget. To me it sounded like a giant powerful Kirby vacuum sweeper up over head. A low, grinding and growling sound and windows breaking out. I thought we were all going to die.

I've been in one tornado--with a very similar experience. The tornado touched down at the crest of the hill and we were about 100 ft. south (on the road). The very old farmhouse we were living in had its windows sucked out on one side, the square nails were pulled out from the boards, the linoleum was sucked up about two feet, it split a huge oak tree in the front yard, missing my car by about >.< much...but it's the sound I'll never forget. Never. That roar....I've been near a couple others, even saw a few form, but that's one experience I never want to repeat. I feel so much sympathy for those going through these tornados.

73 posted on 05/08/2003 3:59:16 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: HiJinx

74 posted on 05/08/2003 3:59:34 PM PDT by ewing
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To: Scenic Sounds
I've seen several. Our town was even hit a few times. In some ways these tornados are awesome especially the cold weather ones. They are small, do little damage and just hang around for a bit.

But these are the monster tornados.

75 posted on 05/08/2003 3:59:48 PM PDT by chantal7
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To: chantal7

76 posted on 05/08/2003 4:00:44 PM PDT by Kwilliams
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To: Catspaw
I live in a mobile home and if the gusts get up to 60 my couch sways. I leave if it gets too bad. Especially in hurricanes. I am praying as I am watching the Weather Channel.
77 posted on 05/08/2003 4:01:24 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: chantal7
It's got to be a bit frightening!!
78 posted on 05/08/2003 4:01:34 PM PDT by Scenic Sounds
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To: Petronski
damage northeast of the gm plant is F3-F4 damage. homes destroyed down to the foundation.
79 posted on 05/08/2003 4:02:21 PM PDT by dennis1x
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To: Kwilliams

80 posted on 05/08/2003 4:02:27 PM PDT by ewing
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To: Brad's Gramma

81 posted on 05/08/2003 4:02:45 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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God bless em, not another F4..
82 posted on 05/08/2003 4:03:02 PM PDT by ewing
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To: chantal7
South Central OK:


83 posted on 05/08/2003 4:03:13 PM PDT by Kwilliams
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To: dennis1x
Lord protect them. Oklahoma City has suffered enough.
84 posted on 05/08/2003 4:03:25 PM PDT by Richard Kimball
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To: Catspaw
Where were you when you had that experience? It sounded like a very powerful tornado!
85 posted on 05/08/2003 4:03:47 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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86 posted on 05/08/2003 4:04:20 PM PDT by ewing
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To: Petronski
Kansas storms with rotations:


87 posted on 05/08/2003 4:06:34 PM PDT by NautiNurse (If Lawton Chiles runs for the Senate seat in 2004, we will **really** have Jurassic Park in Florida)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
I live in a mobile home and if the gusts get up to 60 my couch sways. I leave if it gets too bad. Especially in hurricanes. I am praying as I am watching the Weather Channel.

The first rule is to keep yourself safe.

We were in south Florida a few months after Andrew. Even 3-4 months later, the devestation was stunning.

88 posted on 05/08/2003 4:06:57 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: sheikdetailfeather
I was living in southwest Wisconsin. A few years later, my sister and her husband-to-be (one an EMT, one a sheriff's deputy) were on the scene within a few hours of the Barneveld tornado (1984), one of the worst Wisconsin has had. The entire town was flattened, a few died, over 100 injured. They had little or no warning. Barneveld is also in southwest Wisconsin.
89 posted on 05/08/2003 4:10:58 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
In Florida, it is so strange. When there is a tornado warning in our county, I have to look and see if it is the north, south, east or western part. The majority of the tornadoes are so small and quick. Half the time, we don't hear about them until the 11:00 news when they say one hit during a storm.
90 posted on 05/08/2003 4:12:50 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: Kwilliams
Thanks for posting the pictures. I was called to the phone for a bit and missed some of what's going on.

I can't believe this is happening.

91 posted on 05/08/2003 4:14:12 PM PDT by chantal7
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To: Okies love Dubya 2
I hope you saw the post about your county.
92 posted on 05/08/2003 4:15:38 PM PDT by chantal7
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To: chantal7
The Weather Channel briefly showed the traffic backed up. I am praying for all the people as I watch.
93 posted on 05/08/2003 4:16:52 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: sheikdetailfeather
its no different in oklahoma, the small and quick tornados are just stronger....a tornado may be at worst a half mile wide, so 99% of the county would be unaffected.
94 posted on 05/08/2003 4:17:10 PM PDT by dennis1x
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To: chantal7
Fox News:

Major Tornado Hits Oklahoma City Area

Thursday, May 08, 2003

OKLAHOMA CITY — A large tornado has apparently touched down in southern Oklahoma City (search) and its southeastern suburbs.

Footage showed heavy damage to Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City and the General Motors (search) plant in south Oklahoma County. There were reports of injuries at the GM plant, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

The storm has parrelled Interstate 240, destroying metal industrial buildings, a mobile home sales lots, a bank, a fast-food restaurant and tossed 18-wheelers. There also were reports of leveled businesses near I-240, a major thoroughfare in central Oklahoma. Structures were stripped of roofs, automobiles and mobile homes were strewn across the landscape.

Power lines and large trees also were toppled and other debris could be seen. The large twister touched down in Moore, a southern Oklahoma City suburb, initially about 5:15 p.m. The tornado then tracked over Interstate 35 and over Crossroads Mall and tracked east-southeast toward Midwest City and Del City. Sirens sounded in Moore and the southern Oklahoma City area just before 5 p.m.

A television helicopter pilot said he saw a mobile home in the air near Moore. Officials have shut down eastbound I-240.

95 posted on 05/08/2003 4:17:45 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo
Posted 5/8/2003 7:00 PM

Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A large tornado has apparently touched down in southern Oklahoma City and its southeastern suburbs.

Footage showed heavy damage to Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City and the General Motors plant in south Oklahoma County.

There were reports of injuries at the GM plant, but that could not be immediately confirmed.

The storm has parrelled Interstate 240, destroying metal industrial buildings, a mobile home sales lots, a bank, a fast-food restaurant and tossed 18-wheelers.

There also were reports of leveled businesses near I-240, a major thoroughfare in central Oklahoma.

Structures were stripped of roofs, automobiles and mobile homes were strewn across the landscape.

Power lines and large trees also were toppled and other debris could be seen.

The large twister touched down in Moore, a southern Oklahoma City suburb, initially about 5:15 p.m.

The tornado then tracked over Interstate 35 and over Crossroads Mall and tracked east-southeast toward Midwest City and Del City. Sirens sounded in Moore and the southern Oklahoma City area just before 5 p.m.

A television helicopter pilot said he saw a mobile home in the air near Moore.

Officials have shut down eastbound I-240.
96 posted on 05/08/2003 4:20:01 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Thank you.
97 posted on 05/08/2003 4:20:04 PM PDT by chantal7
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To: nicmarlo
"A mobile home in the air."

I always wondered why I had to get a registration for my mobile home every year like I do my car. Now I know. They expect it to fly one day.

98 posted on 05/08/2003 4:21:29 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
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To: Sally'sConcerns


Drudge has his siren going.
99 posted on 05/08/2003 4:21:44 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Iran/ Syria = Gulf War III)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Tornado Hits Oklahoma Town, Buildings Toppled

Thu May 8, 2003 07:05 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Thursday, destroying buildings and up-ending cars, but there was no immediate information as to injuries or the extent of the damage, police said.

The tornado touched down in Moore, about 15 miles south of Oklahoma City at about 5:17 p.m. EDT. Live video footage from local broadcaster KFOR showed a restaurant destroyed by the tornado, which also ripped through large sections of a General Motors facility in the area.

Fire trucks and rescue vehicles could be seen racing through city streets, and there were several buildings, homes and apartment complexes that were damaged in the tornado, the video footage showed.

The tornado was heading to the east, authorities said.

The broadcaster said at least one person was injured but authorities could not confirm the report.
100 posted on 05/08/2003 4:22:28 PM PDT by kcvl
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