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Mon May 20, 2013, 04:52 PM

BREAKING: Breyerwood Elementary has taken a direct hit. Reports of kids trapped.

God help those babies please!

"Breyerwood Elementary School in Moore has taken a direct hit with "extensive damage," and students are trapped. The tornado is moving off beyond Moore now, towards Draper Lake and southeastern Oklahoma County."





TORNADO LIVEBLOG FROM WEATHERDUDE: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/20/1210482/-Tornado-Liveblog-Storms-Starting-To-Fire-Will-Quickly-Turn-Severe

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Reply BREAKING: Breyerwood Elementary has taken a direct hit. Reports of kids trapped. (Original post)
FourScore May 2013 OP
ScreamingMeemie May 2013 #1
haele May 2013 #49
uppityperson May 2013 #52
curlyred May 2013 #56
maddezmom May 2013 #2
bigdarryl May 2013 #3
Celldweller May 2013 #4
HappyMe May 2013 #5
Tommy_Carcetti May 2013 #6
Phentex May 2013 #8
uppityperson May 2013 #9
easttexaslefty May 2013 #10
winter is coming May 2013 #11
Cal Carpenter May 2013 #13
bigdarryl May 2013 #22
Cal Carpenter May 2013 #25
easttexaslefty May 2013 #26
KamaAina May 2013 #91
maddezmom May 2013 #109
KamaAina May 2013 #113
Posteritatis May 2013 #27
uppityperson May 2013 #33
wercal May 2013 #34
CBGLuthier May 2013 #36
dballance May 2013 #38
Texasgal May 2013 #39
OKNancy May 2013 #43
sheshe2 May 2013 #85
OKNancy May 2013 #89
maddezmom May 2013 #100
Ms. Toad May 2013 #102
sheshe2 May 2013 #112
dgibby May 2013 #88
Rex May 2013 #107
maddezmom May 2013 #15
ProdigalJunkMail May 2013 #18
Initech May 2013 #20
zappaman May 2013 #21
Crabby Appleton May 2013 #24
CBGLuthier May 2013 #31
dballance May 2013 #41
Lone_Star_Dem May 2013 #48
Arcanetrance May 2013 #50
Moses2SandyKoufax May 2013 #54
richmwill May 2013 #72
ForgoTheConsequence May 2013 #78
Daniel537 May 2013 #80
ForgoTheConsequence May 2013 #83
FourScore May 2013 #117
Rex May 2013 #86
Ms. Toad May 2013 #103
Rex May 2013 #106
Ms. Toad May 2013 #108
curlyred May 2013 #90
KamaAina May 2013 #93
Ms. Toad May 2013 #101
Common Sense Party May 2013 #111
KingFlorez May 2013 #115
xmas74 May 2013 #116
cordelia May 2013 #118
meow2u3 May 2013 #7
Texasgal May 2013 #12
Arkana May 2013 #14
redqueen May 2013 #16
Z_I_Peevey May 2013 #17
HappyMe May 2013 #19
zappaman May 2013 #23
HappyMe May 2013 #29
zappaman May 2013 #30
HappyMe May 2013 #35
redwitch May 2013 #37
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #45
deutsey May 2013 #94
winter is coming May 2013 #32
HappyMe May 2013 #40
fishwax May 2013 #53
HappyMe May 2013 #62
fishwax May 2013 #68
uppityperson May 2013 #55
HappyMe May 2013 #65
uppityperson May 2013 #73
Kali May 2013 #58
uppityperson May 2013 #61
Lone_Star_Dem May 2013 #67
uppityperson May 2013 #71
Lone_Star_Dem May 2013 #75
Yooperman May 2013 #63
davsand May 2013 #28
uppityperson May 2013 #42
Demo_Chris May 2013 #44
maddezmom May 2013 #46
Demo_Chris May 2013 #66
davsand May 2013 #47
LeftInTX May 2013 #51
uppityperson May 2013 #59
LeftInTX May 2013 #64
uppityperson May 2013 #70
Texasgal May 2013 #76
HappyMe May 2013 #79
Texasgal May 2013 #60
haele May 2013 #81
ohheckyeah May 2013 #57
Yooperman May 2013 #69
ohheckyeah May 2013 #74
deutsey May 2013 #77
ohheckyeah May 2013 #87
deutsey May 2013 #92
ohheckyeah May 2013 #96
riderinthestorm May 2013 #95
ohheckyeah May 2013 #97
laundry_queen May 2013 #104
Lone_Star_Dem May 2013 #82
hrmjustin May 2013 #84
RebelOne May 2013 #98
Marrah_G May 2013 #99
DesertFlower May 2013 #105
Liberal In Texas May 2013 #110
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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 04:52 PM

1. ...and Plaza Towers Elementary.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #1)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:39 PM

49. KFOR news reporters just heard from a gentleman who was getting

third graders out of a room in Plaza Towers where they were sheltering in place. Apparently some injuries (hopefully minor), reports are still sketchy.
Nothing on Briarwood, yet.

Haele

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Response to haele (Reply #49)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:40 PM

52. He kept breaking down, fast taking "got to go" and off and omg.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #1)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:42 PM

56. that was my elementary school

many years ago. It was brand spanking new.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:01 PM

2. ...

Heartbreaking.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:04 PM

3. Isn't Oklahoma one of the states wanting to cecede from the union

Lets see how quick they go running to the Federal Government for Aid

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:07 PM

4. maybe bad timing for

 

a venomously partisan barb? I'm sure every on of those school children is a Tea Partier right?

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:08 PM

5. Really?

This is what you have to say?

People may have died, lost everything and kids may be trapped.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:10 PM

6. Well that's wonderful.

Please consider Self-Delete.

I mean, seriously, seriously consider it.

As in self-delete that shit right now.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:13 PM

8. This isn't the time

Don't be heartless. THESE children can't vote.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:14 PM

9. Kids are trapped in destroyed schools and THIS is your response? Shame on you. eom

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:14 PM

10. Wow.

How nice. Not.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:14 PM

11. You lose this thread. Also, every other thread on DU.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #22)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:26 PM

26. What an idiotic thing to say.

You must be proud.

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Response to easttexaslefty (Reply #26)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:09 PM

91. Besides. it was Texas that wanted to "cecede".

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #91)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:48 PM

109. Not all Texans just nutty Perry Tea Bagger types

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Response to maddezmom (Reply #109)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:11 PM

113. Of course not.

But the doofus troll didn't even have the right state.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #22)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:26 PM

27. I think it's okay to get mad at you for treating the population as a political monolith. (nt)

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #22)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:29 PM

33. So fuck the kids, right? So sick of posts like this

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #22)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:30 PM

34. 'Cecede' is mispelled

There's a whole school full of kids trapped right now. I hope they are all ok.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #22)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:30 PM

36. actually chump we have never said anything about seceding. Learn to spell loser.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #22)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:32 PM

38. You're a HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE person to even think to post this on a thread about trapped kids.

You deserve every bit of crap you're getting in response to your post. None of those states had anything like a majority of their citizens for secession. It was all the usual Tea Baggers and their politicians.

So we shouldn't penalize the rest of the state for the idiots in it? Yep, that makes sense.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #22)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:33 PM

39. Can you please go to another thread

and spout of your nonsense? It's not appropriate here in this thread.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #22)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:36 PM

43. I don't recall any big seceding talk actually, but even if some did...

you do know that there are many wonderful Dems in Oklahoma, including my family in Moore.. so fuck you asshole.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #43)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:03 PM

85. Oh OKNancy,

I hope your family is safe.

sheshe2

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #85)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:06 PM

89. it was close but all are fine

My Mom and sister's family are there and OK. No electricity at my mother's place, but my sister is going to go get her when she can get out.
The traffic is terrible obviously. Thank goodness for cell phones and Facebook.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #89)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:27 PM

100. Good news, Nancy

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #89)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:35 PM

102. Good to hear that they are physically OK.

Emotionally, financially, and time drain, I now will take longer.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #89)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:06 PM

112. Happy for you and your family, OKNancy~

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #43)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:04 PM

88. Nancy, hope your family is safe.

Positive vibes to you and them.

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #43)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:46 PM

107. That was a horrible post, sorry you had to see that.

One of the worst posts I've seen on DU3. The guy is lucky this ain't my site - that would be an automatic ban imo.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:19 PM

15. Blech

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:21 PM

18. what a fucking stupid bullshit comment

way to go, bigdarryl... you win tool of the day...

sP

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:22 PM

20. Fail

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:23 PM

21. Wow dude.

Just...wow.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:24 PM

24. Shame on you

GFY

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:29 PM

31. you are beneath contempt

leave fucking politics aside for a few hours can ya. We have people to help while you sit behind a computer making shitty remarks.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:34 PM

41. You're a HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE person to even think to post this on a thread about trapped kids.

You deserve every bit of crap you're getting in response to your post. None of those states had anything like a majority of their citizens for secession. It was all the usual Tea Baggers and their politicians.

So we shouldn't penalize the rest of the state for the idiots in it? Yep, that makes sense.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:38 PM

48. Secede, not "cecede" and your timing is impecable...

If your intention was to show how selfish and small minded some people - even sometimes those who vote for the Democratic candidate - can be, that is.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:39 PM

50. Dude seriously F. O. A. D

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:42 PM

54. I believe their entire congressional delegation also voted against Sandy relief. n/t

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:49 PM

72. It's secede, stupid.

And aid has no reason to be capitalized. Your grammar is as severely lacking as your humanity.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:52 PM

78. DU'ers voted to keep this post.

But voted to block a post calling him out. Shame on you. 75 children trapped in a school and mass devastation. Shame.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #78)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:58 PM

80. This place can be so revolting some times.

You have to be a really miserable loser to put something as pathetic as politics ahead of human lives.

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Response to Daniel537 (Reply #80)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:02 PM

83. I certainly don't understand it.

Maybe we were raised better?

The reason for the alert was:

This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)

You added the following comments:

Disgusting. Possible dead children, politics shouldn't matter.

A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this post at Mon May 20, 2013, 05:12 PM, and voted 2-4 to keep it.

Thank you.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #83)

Mon May 20, 2013, 09:40 PM

117. This was my alert response:

At Mon May 20, 2013, 09:37 PM you sent an alert on the following post:

Isn't Oklahoma one of the states wanting to cecede from the union
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=2872899

The reason for the alert was:

This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)

You added the following comments:

INSENSITIVE! These are kids trapped (and some killed) by this devastating tornado. Horrible comment!

A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this post at Mon May 20, 2013, 05:12 PM, and voted 2-4 to keep it.

Thank you.

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Response to ForgoTheConsequence (Reply #78)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:03 PM

86. I'm glad the post is still viewable.

Let people see what a total zombie he is. He is lucky this is not MY SITE, I would ban him for that comment.

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Response to Rex (Reply #86)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:37 PM

103. I alerted again -

just to make sure the admins were aware and had the option to do just that.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #103)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:45 PM

106. Thank you Ms. Toad. It is one of the most inhuman posts I've seen

in a long time here on DU. I had to read it twice, just to make sure I was reading it right.

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Response to Rex (Reply #106)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:46 PM

108. I couldn't believe it was left standing -

And not just 3-3, but 4-2. Unbelievable.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:08 PM

90. these are kids we are talking about, you asshole

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:11 PM

93. First off, it's Texas

second, it's "secede".

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:33 PM

101. Your post is every bit as offensive

as the all too predictable comments that will soon show up from Westboro Baptist Church blaming every natural or manmade disaster on gays. (And I have been personally touched by those particular idiots and have relatives who live in red states whose lives have been destroyed by tornadoes so I have personal experience with both sides of this particular question.)

The only difference is that if the WBC folks showed up here their post would be hidden and they would be banned from DU. With you, apparently not.

I hope you'll consider self deleting - which I believe you can still do, even though there was at least one responsible jury on duty today so you now have a post hidden in this thread.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:02 PM

111. You have GOT to be kidding.

Timing, Darryl. Timing is everything.

There is a time and place for everything. This ain't the time.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:22 PM

115. Indeed

The hypocrisy never fails and it should always be called out.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 08:25 PM

116. You're tacky.

I hope someone does alert on this, that way there's even more attention to this nasty bit of business.

Now's not the time and you know it.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #3)

Mon May 20, 2013, 09:52 PM

118. You never cease to amaze with your callousness. n/t

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:11 PM

7. I hope to God those children are all right

My prayers are for them.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:15 PM

12. FUCK!!!!

Please, I hope these kids will be alright. Shit.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:18 PM

14. Jesus fuck.

We had a Cat 1 tornado a couple years ago in MA and it destroyed a bunch of towns in the southern part of the state. Be safe, folks in OK.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:19 PM

16. Oh please... please let them be all right..



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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:20 PM

17. and again now near poor Shawnee again

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:21 PM

19. They are trying to confirm if the kids

were in the school or not.

It appears that there is another very big tornado near Meeker(sp) right now. Over Jacktown right now.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #19)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:24 PM

23. Awful

Just how many tornadoes have hit touched down?

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Response to zappaman (Reply #23)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:27 PM

29. This is the 2nd one today, as far as I know.






They just announced that the kids are all safe.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #29)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:28 PM

30. "They just announced that the kids are all safe."

At least there is some good news!!!

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Response to zappaman (Reply #30)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:30 PM

35. Yup.


I'm glad the kids are okay.



Holy crap, now there's a decent sized fire going in the area that was just leveled.

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Response to zappaman (Reply #30)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:30 PM

37. What a relief!

Hard to believe anyone in the path of this would survive. 300 mph wind?????

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Response to zappaman (Reply #30)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:36 PM

45. GREAT News.

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Response to zappaman (Reply #30)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:11 PM

94. So happy to hear this.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #29)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:29 PM

32. In Moore or in OKC? n/t

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Response to winter is coming (Reply #32)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:34 PM

40. The first one was in Moore.

I think they said that this 2nd storm is part of the same system that leveled Moore. It traveled a bit away, regained strength and is by Meeker and Jacktown now. The weather guy just said that this kind of storm could produce tornadoes for a few hours.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #29)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:41 PM

53. I just heard they had injuries at one of the elem schools, and

they "hoped" that was all that it was. I hadn't heard that kids are all safe yet ...

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Response to fishwax (Reply #53)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:45 PM

62. I have MSNBC on.

At the time, that's what they reported. Just now they are saying that there are kids trapped.

Then they said that most of the kids were being sheltered in one of the high schools, but there are a couple of high schools there.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #62)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:47 PM

68. yeah, the one with kids trapped is an elementary school

the kids sheltered at the high school are okay.

That report from the elementary school was rough

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #29)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:42 PM

55. KFOR reporter said he is pulling 3rd graders out of Plaza Towers elementary school so not all kids

are accounted for yet

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #55)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:46 PM

65. Well, I'm sorry.

That's what they said at the time.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #65)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:50 PM

73. It is all unclear yet, am also typing what they say. No problems, either 45 or 75 left in the debris

of the school. A destroyed daycare, kids were removed prior so they are ok.

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #29)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:42 PM

58. whew

I see the whole MIRT is here after that item in the in box heh, and good news - thanx

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Response to HappyMe (Reply #29)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:44 PM

61. 75+ kids are still under the debris pile, trying to get them out, and teachers, it is awful

Plaza towers

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #61)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:47 PM

67. OMG. This is worse than I expected.

Those poor kids and their parents must be going insane with fear.

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Reply #67)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:48 PM

71. 30 kids been taken out, either 45 or 75 left, it is unclear, fluid, happening so typing as they repo

report it.

damn

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #71)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:51 PM

75. Since I can't stream and don't have access to a TV right now, this thread is greatly appreciated.

I know how reporting is at times like this, the effort here is what counts. Thank you!

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Response to zappaman (Reply #23)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:45 PM

63. I heard a few minutes ago that this storm system has

produced at least 26 tornadoes over several states so far with more to come.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:27 PM

28. Dunno if you are the praying type, but anything to help those kids right now would be good.

Vibe, Pray, Hope--cross your fingers if you will.

I've had the experience of trying to get to my kid in a storm damaged area, and this is beyond anything words can express.



Laura

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:35 PM

42. Pulling kids out of destroyed Plaza Towers elementary school. The flattened one has kids init.

fuck

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:36 PM

44. They are apparently now saying that children were in the schools. nt

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #44)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:37 PM

46. The reporter on the science could barely talk

He said they were pulling out 3 rd graders from the school.

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Response to maddezmom (Reply #46)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:47 PM

66. yeah

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:38 PM

47. Local reporter at Bryerwood breaking down live in on air call in.

He says there are kids in the school and they are working to get them out now. Anchors in the studio are trying to calm him down and making sure viewers understand just how difficult it is to do this kind of coverage.


Laura

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:40 PM

51. No basement in one of the schools

Congressman Cole on CNN - lives in the neighborhood.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #51)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:42 PM

59. Do you know which one?

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #59)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:45 PM

64. No. I didn't catch it.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #64)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:48 PM

70. Plaza Elementary, 30 pulled out, either 75 left or 45 left in debris pile. Preliminary reports. fuck

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #59)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:51 PM

76. Twin..something Twin towers?

N/t

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #76)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:56 PM

79. Plaza Towers School

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #51)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:43 PM

60. Why????

How in the hell do you have a school in the middle of tornado alley with no storm shelter????

I just cannot imagine this... those poor kids!

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Response to Texasgal (Reply #60)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:59 PM

81. They probably built the building for an F-4 + tornado.

8 inch re enforced cinder block walls, bolted re-bar to support the roofing. Just like homes in Florida's hurricane alley are supposed to be built. If the bedrock is close to the surface, they might have weighed the cost of digging down deep and making a sufficient shelter for all the children and surrounding homes as opposed simply to building to withstand 200 mph winds.
Unfortunately, it appears as if this was an F5, 250 - 300 mph when it hit the school. And it's still early in the season.

Architecturally speaking, the school would probably have survived most if not all the tornadoes that had been measured at the time it was built.

But this is going to be the new normal, so states that are part of Tornado Central are going to have to think about making new building codes and retro-fitting buildings and shelters to handle annual F5+ tornadoes.

Haele

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:42 PM

57. Why isn't it a requirement

to put a basement in a school in a tornado area? Let me guess....it's too expensive. Well, when you live in a high risk area, IMO, it's the responsibility of the government to see that the money is spent to make public schools and other buildings as safe as humanely possible.

It's a heartbreaking tragedy.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #57)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:48 PM

69. Agreed

If there were not shelters available for EVERYONE of those kids... I blame local authorities for not making it a requirement.

Hiding under a desk just doesn't cut it.

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Response to Yooperman (Reply #69)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:51 PM

74. It's criminal.

I don't understand living in a high risk area for anything and not taking the proper precautions to mitigate the risk. It's not just tornadoes - it's also things like living in a flood area and not building the house on stilts. WTF? A school with no storm shelter is absolutely unacceptable in my mind.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #57)

Mon May 20, 2013, 05:52 PM

77. I was wondering that too

Especially after what happened in 1999 there.

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Response to deutsey (Reply #77)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:04 PM

87. We drove across the state of Oklahoma on Interstate 40

during that outbreak in May of 1999 as we were moving across the country. It was terrifying and we drove as fast as we could to get the hell out of the state. Arkansas never looked so good. When we stopped in Arkansas and turned on the news, areas we had recently gone through had been hit.

You couldn't pay me enough to live in an area prone to tornadoes. Hurricanes in Florida were bad enough but at least there is notice.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #87)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:10 PM

92. Glad to hear you made it out safely then

I dodged the bullet from "superstorm" Sandy last year when it didn't make landfall on the Delmarva Peninsula in MD where I live.

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Response to deutsey (Reply #92)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:21 PM

96. Thanks and glad you made it, too.

I can't imagine living with the fear of the threat of tornadoes. We have been under a tornado watch where I live but it's unusual probably because of the mountains that surround us.

I understand that people get hurt by natural disasters all the time but it's so frustrating when some of the loss of life could be avoided with the proper precautions.

I lived through a hurricane in Key West because we didn't realize until too late that it was headed our way. We had company and were out fishing and sight seeing and not paying attention but it wasn't a major hurricane. It was still more than I want to deal with so any time a hurricane was headed my way in Florida or Virginia Beach, I left. Fortunately, I could afford to leave and had places to go. It disturbs me that many people can't afford to leave or don't have proper shelters available to them.

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Response to ohheckyeah (Reply #57)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:20 PM

95. Or a mandatory early evacuation policy? Our school district does...

once the storm front looks imminent the kids are released home since our school doesn't have a basement either.

Of course we're @ 20 miles from Plainfield IL where another big tornado flattened the high school in 1990 with kids still inside.







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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #95)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:23 PM

97. What a tragedy.

I guess it's human nature to think it can't happen to me.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #95)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:38 PM

104. Didn't they do that a couple of years ago

When they had that outbreak in Alabama and Mississippi? It was forecasted so they sent all the kids home at noon? I wish they would've done that here, as everything was forecasted in advance.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:00 PM

82. Local KFOR is saying up to 15 children and staff members are trapped under rubble

Oklahoma's local TV station KFOR is reporting that up to 15 children and staff members are trapped under an elementary school that has been directly hit by the massive tornado sweeping the area at the moment.

Per ITV:
http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-05-20/report-children-trapped-under-oklahoma-school/

If someone can get this stream to work they may have updates. I can't stream until I get home.
http://kfor.com/on-air/live-streaming/

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:02 PM

84. 30 pulled out at this time.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:25 PM

98. According to MSNBC, there are 3rd graders trapped in the debris. n/t

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:25 PM

99. Heard the Nat Guard is arrivng

Hopefully they can get people out alive.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:39 PM

105. sending thoughts and prayers.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 06:48 PM

110. TV reporter on KFOR

said she and her crew helped pull out 4 bodies including a baby from store collapse debris.

This is truly awful.

Live coverage: http://kfor.com/on-air/live-streaming/

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Mon May 20, 2013, 07:19 PM

114. This is seriously awful.

I just hope nobody actually died at that school today.....I just feel awful for you guys up in OKC.

Hope everybody's alright in the Sooner State tonight.

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