Photos And Videos: 91 Feared Dead In Tornado-Hit Oklahoma (May 20, 2013)

21 05 2013
A woman walks through debris after a huge tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, May 20, 2013. A massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, killing at least 51 people as winds of up to 200 miles per hour (320 kph) flattened entire tracts of homes, two schools and a hospital, leaving a wake of tangled wreckage. REUTERS/Richard Rowe

A woman walks through debris after a huge tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, May 20, 2013. A massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, killing at least 51 people as winds of up to 200 miles per hour (320 kph) flattened entire tracts of homes, two schools and a hospital, leaving a wake of tangled wreckage. REUTERS/Richard Rowe

On Monday, May 20, 2013 a huge and powerful tornado rated at EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds up to 200 miles per hour, struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore causing massive destruction.

At least fifty-one people were confirmed dead, twenty to thirty school children were still missing and feared dead beneath the rubble while lots of people were injured.

A spokeswoman for the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said that the devastating, mile-wide tornado touched down at 3:01 p.m. local time (4.01 p.m. EDT).

According to the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, the tornado was on the ground for approximately 40 minutes, and a tornado warning was in effect for 16 minutes before the twister developed.

It was reported that the devastated area covered thirty square miles and some area look like a war-zone with blocks of houses, buildings, farms, trees and other structures were knocked down by the tornado.

The mayor of Moore, Glenn Lewis told NBC:

“The whole city looks like a debris field. It looks like we have lost our hospital. I drove by there a while ago and it’s pretty much destroyed.”

Blocks of homes were leveled by the powerful tornado, cars piled atop one another and some buildings were on fire.

Among the buildings destroyed were the Plaza Towers Elementary school and Briarwood Elementary School while Moore Medical Center sustained significant damage.

Most of the injured were brought to the Integris Southwest Medical Center, University of Oklahoma Medical Center, St. Anthony Healthplex South and Midwest Regional.

The National Weather Service predicted a 10 percent chance of tornadoes in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois.

It also said parts of Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Iowa have a 5 percent risk of tornadoes.

The area at greatest risk includes Joplin, which on Wednesday will mark two years since the tornado that killed 161 people.

On Sunday, tornadoes killed two people and injured 39 in Oklahoma.

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In Photos: Severe Storms Hit Midwest, Deep South Killed 3

13 04 2013

Tornadoes and very strong winds peel the roofs from homes in the Deep South and heaped snow and ice on the Midwest.

Golf-ball and baseball-sized hail pelted parts of Georgia and the Carolinas late Thursday and early Friday.

Three people were killed.

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United States Midwest Hit By Tornadoes – Photos

2 03 2012

A tornado-damaged home sits amid debris along Main Street, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Harveyville, Kan. The small eastern Kansas town of Harveyville took a direct hit from an apparent tornado late Tuesday, injuring at least 11 people and reducing much of the town to ruins. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

(On Friday March 1, 2012 a second powerful tornado outbreak hit Midwest).

Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Kansas were hit by storms and powerful tornadoes. 

Tornado is also known as twister.

At least 13 people were killed and hundreds were injured by the disaster.

The storms produced 35 tornado reports from late Tuesday through Wednesday.

A very powerful tornado rated an EF-4 badly damaged a Harrisburg residential neighborhood and shopping district.

In 2011, Joplin in Missouri was badly hit by a very powerful tornado.

550 people were killed by tornadoes in the USA last year.

A view of a store destroyed by the tornado in Branson, Missouri, February 29, 2012. Powerful storms that spawned tornadoes ripped through the U.S. Midwest, killing at least six people in an Illinois town, three more in Missouri, and smashing homes and businesses in six states. REUTERS/Sarah Conard

A residential area is heavily damaged in Harrisburg, Ill., after a severe storm swept through the area early Wednesday morning, Feb. 29, 2012. A hospital administrator in Harrisburg says at least three people were killed in the storm that swept through the region. (AP Photo/The Southern, Paul Newton)

Residents walk the streets the morning after severe storms destroyed several homes and businesses in Harveyville, Kan., Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

A traffic signal light lays on the ground next to a damaged building after a tornado hit Branson, Missouri, February 29, 2012. Powerful storms that spawned tornadoes ripped through the U.S. Midwest, killing at least six people in an Illinois town, three more in Missouri, and smashing homes and businesses in six states. REUTERS/Sarah Conard (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Ward Fox (L) helps his friend Darrell Osman look for photos of his mother among the rubble caused by a tornado in Harrisburg, Illinois March 1, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young





The Missouri River Flooding – The Rising Souris River Threatened Minot In Pictures

23 06 2011

Below are photos of the Missouri River rising flood water as more levees were crest.

The City of Minot enforced a mandatory evacuation shortly before 1 p.m., June 22, 2011.

Please click here for more ‘Photos of Historic Souris River Floods Minot, June 24, 2011(Reuters And AP Photos).

 

This map produced June 21, 2011, by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services shows a projected worst-case scenario of flooding from the Souris River in Minot, N.D., should the river over top the levees. The area designated by hash marks is protected by a secondary levee. (AP Photo/North Dakota Department of Emergency Services via The Forum)

Rising Souris River water breaches the 4th St. dike behind Michelle Benjamin's home in Minot, ND. on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

In this photo provided by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, a temporary levee in Minot, N.D., nears over topping from the Souris River, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. The little-known Souris River could bring historic flooding to North Dakota city. The City of Minot enforced a mandatory evacuation shortly before 1 p.m. (AP Photo/Patrick Moes)

Clayton Haney, from Kearney, Mo. drives a dump truck through foot deep water Wednesday June 22, 2011, while working to build up railroad levee in Big Lake, Mo. near Rulo Neb. Missouri river flooding forced residents from Big Lake earlier in the week. (Photo/Dave Weaver)

Officials and National Guard Soldiers look at a levee that continues to be over topped by the flooded Missouri river Wednesday June 22, 2011, efforts to fortify the levee in Atchison County, Mo., near Atchison County, Neb. have been halted as the river continues to rise.(Photo/Dave Weaver)

A family checks out the flooded Missouri River from beneath the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Omaha, Nebraska, June 21, 2011. Flooding will force the evacuation of one-quarter of North Dakota's fourth largest city and levee breaches forced 300 residents to leave a Missouri town as flooding worsened, officials said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom

A dead carp lies atop a flooded sidewalk near the Missouri River in Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 21, 2011. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom

Ramon Carreno of Omaha, Nebraska takes pictures of the flooding Missouri River from Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 21, 2011. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom

Downtown Omaha is seen looking over a flooded parking lot and the Missouri River from Council Bluffs, Iowa, June 21, 2011. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom





Before And After Photos: Devastation Of The Joplin, Missouri Tornado

28 05 2011

These photos(from AP) are of Joplin, Missouri before and after the powerful tornado(twister) tore the city.

At least 132 people were killed and more than 900 people were injured.

By Friday, about 156 people were still missing.

The tornado that hit Joplin on Sunday was rated an EF-5 or the strongest possible.

It scored a direct hit on the city of 50,000 people in southwest Missouri and left a swath of destruction nearly a mile wide, damaging some 8,000 buildings.

It is reportedly the worst single tornado in modern US history.

I am very sad to see the photos.

So many people are suffering and there are children missing during the disaster.

I pray that they will be okay.

Joplin, Missouri has been devastated by a tornado that has killed 125, and the death toll continues to rise. These before and after arial photos show the extent of the destruction throughout the city.« Read less (Photo: AP)

This photo shows 26th street, a main road that runs through the heart of Joplin. (Photos: Navteq, AP)

Entire residential blocks were flattened by the tornado. (Photos: Navteq, AP)

This whole apartment complex was destroyed by the tornado, and the swimming pool stripped completely. (Photos: Navteq, AP)

The roof of Joplin's Home Depot was torn off the building. Many of the dead were found at this Home Depot, likely trying to seek shelter as the storm hit. (Photos: Navteq, AP)

This Wal-Mart store was also destroyed by the tornado. (Photos: Navteq, AP)





Joplin Tornado, US Worst Single Tornado (Twister) Killed 117 – Photos

24 05 2011

The monster tornado that tore through the heart of Joplin, Missouri is reportedly the worst single tornado in modern US history. 

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The tornado touched down at 5:41 p.m. Sunday, about 24 minutes after a warning was issued.

At least 117 people were killed in the disaster

The place looks like it have been hit by a bomb in a big war. 

Please click here for, ‘Before And After Photos: Devastation Of Joplin, Missouri Tornado’.

 

Rescuers race to search for victims trapped under the rubbles of fallen trees, damaged buildings and smashed vehicles before it is too late.

But the work was slowed by a new round of very bad weather; including thunderstorms and hail two inches in diameter that rolled through the city Monday, as well as widespread problems with broken natural gas lines and other safety issues, authorities said.

Two rescuers were struck by lightning as they braved relentless rain and high winds searching for survivors.

By Monday night, they’d found 17 people alive.

I am very sad and sorry to see so many people died, a lot of people injured, have no houses to live in anymore and lost their things. 

 

They must feel very sad. 

More tornadoes are possible Tuesday in Joplin and other cities in the central U.S.

Anyway I hope that there will not be too much more tornado.

This frame grab from video shows lightning inside a massive tornado on Sunday, May 22, 2011, outside Joplin, Mo. The tornado tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri slammed into the city of Joplin, ripping into a hospital, crushing cars like soda cans and leaving a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood. (AP Photo/tornadovideo.net)

Firefighters dig through rubble as they look for survivors after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

Destroyed vehicles and buildings litter a neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

An overturned car is seen near St. John's hospital after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

A car sits among rubble from a tornado Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A view of the destruction at Joplin High School after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

JOPLIN TORNADO - Residents of Joplin, Mo, survey the damage of their homes and city on Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)

Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

A view of the destruction after a tornado blew the roof off the St. John's Regional Medical Center where about 180 patients cowered and were eventually evacuated in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

JOPLIN TORNADO - Mark Siler carries some salvageable items from the house of his friend Clay Warden as another storm approaches Joplin, Mo, on Monday morning, May 23, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)

A sign warns of a leaking gas meter which was spewing natural gas after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone

A car drives down a street with debris on either side as a second storm moves in, delaying rescue efforts in Joplin, Missouri. More severe weather is on the way for the southern and central United States, forecasters said on Monday, just days after the worst single tornado in modern US history killed 116 people in Missouri.« Read less (AFP/Getty Image)

The damaged St. John's Regional Medical Center is seen in the distance through tornado debris in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)





Powerful Tornado (Twister) Hit Joplin, Missouri Killing At Least 89 people – Pictures

23 05 2011

Map of US locating Joplin in the state of Missouri, where a tornado killed at least 24 people (AFP/Graphic)

On Sunday afternoon, May 22, 2011 a tornado hit Joplin, a southwestern Missouri town killing at least 89 people.

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Please click here for, ‘Before And After Photos: Devastation Of Joplin, Missouri Tornado’.

 

A lot of people were injured.

The path of the tornado through Joplin was estimated at six miles long and about 1/2 mile to 3/4 (1 kilometer) mile wide.

It is very sad and scary to see such a big and terrible disaster

A lot of buildings were damaged and leveled, vehicles were damaged and there were fires from gas leaks at some damaged buildings.

The place looks like it had been hit by a bomb in a big war.

A local hospital, St. John’s Regional Medical Center was hit badly by the tornado.

Since last month, 330 people were killed by tornadoes in seven states.

238 people were killed by the tornado in Alabama on April 27, 2011.

Please click here for, Storms And Tornadoes Kill At Least 83 In Southern USA – Photos.

Another tornado hit the north end of Minneapolis and some suburbs on Sunday, killing one person and injuring at least 30 others.

This aerial view shows tornado damage to residences in north Minneapolis, Sunday, May 22, 2011. At least one person died when the tornado barreled through the residential portion of Minneapolis on Sunday, damaging at least 100 homes, toppling hundreds of trees and injuring at least 29 people. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Brewster)

Tornadoes overnight on Saturday in northeast Kansas killed one person and damaged some 200 structures.

Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone.

Smoke rises in the distance as vehicles drive along a road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

Emergency personnel search a Walmart that was severely damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

People stand near damaged vehicles along Rangeline road in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

Residents begin digging through the rubble of their home after it was destroyed by a tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. The tornado tore a path a mile wide and four miles long destroying homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett)

Pepsi Cola employee Mark Johnson looks at the wreckage of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Plant that was destroyed by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Damaged vehicles litter the parking lot of St. John's Hospital in Joplin, Mo, after a tornado hit the southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. A massive tornado blasted its way across southwestern Missouri on Sunday, flattening several blocks of homes and businesses in Joplin and leaving residents frantically scrambling through the wreckage. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Emergency personnel search a Walmart that was severely damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

JOPLIN TORNADO - Residents of Joplin, Mo, help a lady who survived in her basement near 28th and Roosevelt after a tornado hit the city on Sunday afternoon on May 22, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)

JOPLIN TORNADO - Residents of Joplin, Mo, walk west on 26th Street near Maiden Lane after a tornado hit the southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)

Rescuers and neighbors look through the the wreckage of destroyed homes on a hillside in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Volunteer firefighters William Jackson, left, and Ashley Martin, center, from Oklahoma, and Johnny Ward of Joplin look through the wreckage of a home where it was feared a pregnant woman as feared to be trapped following a tornado in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

JOPLIN TORNADO - Joplin, Mo, residents survey the damage after a tornado hit their neighborhood in this southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)

Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. Scattered debris surrounds a damaged home in a neighborhood hard hit by a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone.








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