Day 2 of severe weather in Oklahoma; storms expected in Tulsa and Green Country May 20
1:16 PM, May 20, 2013
7:04 PM, May 21, 2013
TULSA - 2NEWS is continuously updating the situation in Moore after a tornado ripped through the city Monday.
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3:36 p.m. - OG&E reporting 13,482 customers in Moore without power.
3 p.m. - NWS reports at least one area of EF-5 damage was found by survey crews.
1:45 p.m. - Gov. Mary Fallin is set to tour the destruction around 3 p.m. with state congressmen.
1:15 a.m. - NWS estimates the Moore tornado was on the ground for 17 miles. It is still being called an EF-4 with wind speeds estimated at 190 miles per hour, though it could have been higher. Investigators are now getting into the heaviest-damaged areas.
11:05 p.m. - Volunteers with the Humane Society of Tulsa arrive in Moore, providing community outreach and pet supplies at First Baptist Church.
11:00 a.m. - As of 7 a.m. EMSA has transported 51 patients from tornado-damaged areas in Moore and Oklahoma City to OKC-area hospitals. The Tulsa STRIKE team is in Moore aiding with rescue and recovery. Of the 11 ambulances on scene in Moore, five are Tulsa EMSA ambulances.
10:15 a.m. - ME spokesperson said during press conference the death toll stands at 24 including nine children, though they believe it's likely it will increase.
9:15 a.m. - Obama to tornado victims: "You face long road ahead but will not travel path alone."
9:06 a.m. - Officials with the Moore Police Department say 12 adults in Moore and seven children at Plaza Towers Elementary are among the dead. Five people in Oklahoma City including one child were killed. Rescue crews are making their second sweep in affected neighborhoods, focusing on storm shelters where people may be trapped. Everyone at Plaza Towers Elementary is accounted for at this time.
8:34 a.m. - Medical examiner revises death toll to 24 saying she believes some victims were counted twice. Toll includes seven children.
8:01 a.m. - Impromptu press conference expected to begin in moments at Dick's Sporting Goods, where the Oklahoma National Guard is stationed for search and rescue.
7:44 a.m. - Texas search and rescue trucks arriving in Moore.
6:30 a.m. - Citing OHP officials, KFOR in OKC reports 101 people were found alive overnight amid the rubble.
5:09 a.m. - OG&E power outages: 30.754 total (22,554 in the OKC metro area, 18,467 in Moore)
2:30 a.m. - The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says the official death toll remains at 51, though it is expected to rise.
12:02 p.m. - President Obama signs major disaster declaration beginning May 18. Federal funding available for those affected in Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties.
11:55 p.m. - Medical Examiner's Office says 40 more may soon be added to death total.
11:15 p.m. - Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Rogers and Tulsa counties until 12 a.m.
11:00 p.m. - President Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, and has pledged federal aid.
10:20 p.m. - At least 20 children among the dead in Moore, NBC is reporting.
9:28 p.m. - Chesapeake Energy vows $1 million to Red Cross in aid of Oklahoma tornado relief.
9:24 p.m. - Thunderstorm has made its way to tornado-struck Moore.
9 p.m. - More than 140 patients treated in Moore, nine in critical, nine in serious condition, according to AP.
8:48 p.m. - City of Joplin sending assistance to Moore.
8:33 p.m. - Tornado warning for Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore and Sequoyah counties until 9:30 p.m.
8:15 p.m. - A small hospital in Moore was also damaged, according to the AP.
8:10 p.m. - Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken," search and rescue efforts will continue throughout the night.
8 p.m. - 51 confirmed dead, more likely.
7:53 p.m. - Hospitals treating more than 120 patients after Oklahoma tornado, including about 70 children, AP is reporting.
7:39 p.m. - The tornado that hit Moore was at least an EF-4, according to the National Weather Service.
7:28 p.m. - State medical examiner's office is confirming 37 dead in Moore.
7:17 p.m. - AP is reporting 37 confirmed dead by the state medical examiner's office. Death toll expected to rise.
7:11 p.m. - Tornado warning for Latimer and Pittsburg County in OK until 7:45 p.m.
7 p.m. - KFOR reporting seven children found dead in pool of water in elementary school rubble. Still looking for 20 to 30 more in school.
6:58 p.m. - A new storm just popped up over OKC. Has grown quickly in last few minutes and is moving northeast toward Green Country.
6:43 p.m. - Emergency officials have told KFOR the search and rescue effort at Plaza Towers Elementary School has transitioned to recovery. Possibly 12 children still inside.
6:36 p.m. - At least 10 people dead in Moore, per NBC News.
6:30 p.m. - Jenks High School graduation still on for 7:30 p.m. at The Mabee Center in Tulsa.
6:16 p.m. - Moore tornado ravaged up to 30 square miles, according to KFOR.
5:53 p.m. - Meteorologist George Flickinger is following what's left of the Moore storm into Green Country. He's on I-44 near the Bristow/Kellyville area. Only lightning and light to moderate rain remain from the storm.
5:52 p.m. - KFOR reporting four fatalities pulled from rubble in Moore, including a 7-month-old baby. Moore police confirm several fatalities but did not provide a number.
5:50 p.m. - Reports of 60 miles per hour winds near Checotah.
5:47 p.m. -
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh, Muskogee and Sequoyah counties until 6:45 p.m.
5:42 p.m. - All authorized first responders in the Moore area are being asked to head to the Warren Theatre, which is being used as a command post.
5:41 p.m. - Search and rescue underway for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and teachers at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. AMC bowling alley was demolished and a nearby hospital was damaged.
5:38 p.m. - OG&E power outages include 7,895 in Yukon, 1,626 in Warr Acres, 18, 416 in Moore, 257 in Norman, 240 in Maud, 238 in Wellston, 1,172 in Forest Park and 469 in Oklahoma City. PSO reports 128 without power in Okmulgee County.
5:37 p.m. - NWS reports very strong T-Storm Moving N/NE Near Long Grove.
5:35 p.m. - HE Bailey Turnpike back open at mm 107 and the Norman spur.
5:29 p.m. - Search continues for students and teachers at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore.
5:27 p.m. - Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Craig, Nowata and Rogers counties until 6:30 p.m.
5:23 p.m. - NWS reports winds from Moore tornado were more than 200 miles per hour.
5:22 p.m. - Terry Bavousette reports Stroud storm significantly weaker.
5:19 p.m. - Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties until 6 p.m.
5:17 p.m. - NWS reports Moore tornado was on the ground for at least 30 minutes.
5:16 p.m. - OKC news stations reporting 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Plaza Towers Elementary School are all accounded for.
5:13 p.m. - Meteorologist George Flickinger reporting from south of Stroud about 50 miles southwest of Tulsa. About 30 minutes ago the storm he's tracking, which produced the Moore tornado, produced another small tornado. Visibility is low because it's producing a lot of debris traveling over the trees.
5:11 p.m. - Tornado Warning expires for Nowata County.
5:10 p.m. - The HE Bailey Turnpike is closed at mile marker 107 northbound and the Norman Spur due to an accident and tornado damage. Alternate routes into Oklahoma City are advised.
5:05 p.m. - Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Hughes County until 5:30 p.m.
5:01 p.m. - Storm spotter Dennie Brison reports a rain-wrapped tornado about five miles south of Stroud, east of highway 377.
4:59 p.m. - OKC news stations reporting all children at Briarwood Elementary School are accounted for.
4:56 p.m. - Preliminary estimates of Moore tornado are that it was at least an EF-4.
4:55 p.m. - Storm spotter Jeff Smith tracking near Oologah in Rogers County. Heading south on 169 he says that storm has weakened.
4:52 p.m. -
Tornado Warning for Nowata County 5:15 p.m.
4:48 p.m. - NWS reports rain-wrapped tornado near Sparks in Lincoln County, will move into western Okfuskee, Creek counties in the next 10 minutes.
4:46 p.m. - Tornado near Talala in Rogers County weakened, dissipated.
4:45 p. m. - Tornado Warning for Creek, Okfuskee and Lincoln counties until 5:15 p.m.
4:42 p.m. - Washington County Emergency Management officials say trees are blocking roadwas near Ramona. No structural damage is being reported at this time.
4:41 p.m. - KFOR reports children being rescued from Plaza Tower Elementary School in Moore.
4:39 p.m. - Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Stan May says the Oklahoma Task Force is on standby. It includes 75 firefighter personnel from departments in Green Country.
4:39 p.m. - Storm spotter Jeff Smith reports large cone tornado on the ground three miles west of Talala.
4:37 p.m. - Tornado sirens in Stroud, reports storm spotter Terry Bavousette.
4:37 p.m. - NWS reports tornado southwest of Creek County near Meeker. This storm will move into Creek County soon.
4:34 p.m. -
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties until 5:30 p.m.Tornado Warning for Nowata, Rogers, and Washington counties until 5 p.m.
4:31 p.m. - Meteorologist George Flickinger is near Meeker tracking the Moore tornado east of Highway 62 about 10 miles west of Prague. A Tornado Warning is still in effect for that storm, though it's weakened a bit. It's still creating a lot of wind. They're following the storm east into Green Country.
4:27 p.m. - OG&E reporting 16,000 customers without power in Moore, 3,100 in the Oklahoma City area, 222 in Norman, 1,130 in Mustang and 1,172 in Forest Park.
4:25 p.m. - Tornado Warning for Nowata, Rogers, and Washington County until 5 p.m.
4:24 p.m. - Storm spotter Jeff Smith reporting from northeast of Vera/southeast of Ramona on a county road. Looking due west he sees a large wall cloud and heavy rain. Visibility is limited.
4:20 p.m. - Tornado Warning for Nowata, Washington Rogers counties until 4:30 p.m.
4:20 p.m. - KFOR reporting damage in Moore is more widespread than the May 3, 1999 tornado with schools and homes destroyed.
4:16 p.m. - I-35 closed in Moore. Crews are assisting with cleanup after the storms. Travel is discouraged.
415 p.m. - Osage, Tulsa counties no longer in Tornado Warning.
4:07 p.m. - NWS says to avoid Highway 75 between Ramona and the Tulsa County line. The tornado will likely cross the highway in minutes.
4:07 p.m. - Two schools -- Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary -- hit by Moore tornado. Also, heavy damage at the Warren Theatre along the I-35 corridor.
3:59 p.m. - The Weather Channel reporting tornado on the ground at between Avant and Skiatook north of Tulsa, moving northeast 40 mph.
3:57 p.m. - Storm spotter reports tornado briefly touches down four miles west of Vera in southern Washington County.
3:48 p.m. - Tornado Warning for Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties until 4:30 p.m.
3:47 p.m. - Storm spotter Dennie Brison sees top of super cell of storm about 14 miles east of Oklahoma City
3:45 p.m. - Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Creek, Osage, and Pawnee counties until 4:45 p.m.
3:44 p.m. - Major tornado damage being reported in and around the Moore area.
3:43 p.m. - NWS reports baseball-size hail, 70 mph winds with storm miles southwest of Avant. Avant, Ramona, Vera, Skiatook in immediate path.
3:42 p.m. - Meteorologist George Flickinger heading toward Oklahoma City on I-40 east of Shawnee.
3:40 p.m. -
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties until 4:45 p.m.
3:36 p.m. - KFOR reports Moore-area tornado has roped out west of Lake Stanley Draper.
3:27 p.m. - NWS issues Tornado Warning along the Red River. Storm near Petrolia moving toward Waurika.
3:26 p.m. - NWS issues Tornado Warning for Cotton and Jefferson counties until 4:30 p.m.
3:22 p.m. - KFOR reports debris ball of tornado near Moore is 2.25 miles wide. Storm turning toward Moore High School.
3:18 p.m. - Newcastle police confirm several houses were hit and most likely demolished by a tornado on the north end of town.
3:14 p.m. - NWS reporting large tornado moving into Moore.
3:12 p.m. - Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR reporting tornado near May Avenue and South 19th. Center of tornado, heading toward Warran Theatre, West Moore High School.
3:04 p.m. - Storm near Cleveland capable of quarter-size hail, 60 mph winds. Cleveland, Osage, Barnsdall, Avant in path.
3:01 p.m. - Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for Payne and Osage counties until 4 p.m.
2:56 p.m. - National Weather Service reporting tornado on the ground north of Newcastle.
2:50 p.m. - Tornado warnings issued for Oklahoma, Cleveland, McClain and Grady counties.
2:40 p.m. - Tornado Warning issued for Oklahoma City metro area.
2:30 p.m. - Chief Meteorologist Dan Threlkeld - radar showing strong thunderstorm in Independence, Kan.
2:28 p.m. - Meteorologist George Flickinger leaving the station to begin the storm chase near Oklahoma City.
1:10 p.m. - Tornado Watch issued for 55 counties in Oklahoma including all of northeast Oklahoma until 10 p.m.
12:55 p.m. - Tornado Watch issued for southeastern Kansas until 10 p.m.