Severe Weather Tracker 5/20

By: News 12 Email
By: News 12 Email

TEXOMA -- 11:20 PM: MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma highway officials say Interstate 35 in Moore has reopened in both directions.

But the Transportation Department said late Monday that travel in the Moore area was still discouraged.

The agency said first responders, utility crews and others performing official duties are working in the area and need clear lanes of travel.

The department says no other highways are closed due to the storms.

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11:19 PM: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office says that 20 children are among the dead in the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma City suburbs.

The twister has killed at least 51 people and officials fear the death toll will rise.

Medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliott confirmed the children's deaths Monday night.

The tornado made a direct hit on an elementary school in Moore, Okla., and authorities were seen pulling children alive from the rubble. Authorities are still searching for victims throughout the community.

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10:53 PM: WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma as the state recovers from a massive tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, killing dozens and flattening entire neighborhoods.

Obama has ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. Individuals and business owners affected by the disaster may apply for federal grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs.

The president promised federal assistance in a phone conversation earlier Monday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (FAL'-ihn). The Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent a special team to Oklahoma's emergency operations center to help out and dispatch resources.

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10:35 PM: WASHINGTON (AP) - President Obama declares major disaster in Oklahoma after devastating tornado.

10:32 PM: OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Officials at two hospitals say they've been treating more than 120 patients, including about 50 children, since a massive tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City.

Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot says nine of 57 patients who are being treated at the Integris Southwest Medical Center were listed in critical condition after Monday afternoon's tornado. Nineteen were in serious condition and 29 were listed in fair or good condition.

She said five of the patients were children who have since been treated and released.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says his hospital and a nearby children's hospital are treating approximately 65 patients, including 45 children. The hospital previously said the number was higher, but later revised its patient count.

He said those patients ranged from minor injuries to critical condition.
10:20 PM: TORNADO WARNING for Bryan County has been cancelled

10:05 PM: TORNADO WARNING issued for Bryan and Atoka County until 10:30 PM.

9:54 PM: MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Tornado warnings have been issued across much of the Midwest, stretching from Oklahoma to Illinois, following a second deadly twister in as many days in the Oklahoma City area.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings Monday evening for several counties in southeastern Oklahoma and north and western Arkansas, along with parts of southern and central Missouri and a small slice of western Illinois.

The warnings are in effect into early morning Tuesday, with multiple tornadoes possible.

The warnings were issued after a massive tornado tore through parts of suburban Oklahoma City, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph and landing a direct blow on an elementary school in Moore.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says dozens were killed, with the death toll expected to rise.

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9:30 PM: Large Hail up to 2.75 inches has been reported in the Storm heading just north of Durant to Caney.

9:15 PM: A severe thunderstorm with very large Hail indicated up to 2 inches plus is located between Kingston, Aylesworth and north to Little City. The Storm is moving east at 40 mph headed for Silo, Mead and Nida.

8:51 PM: Report from north of Hugo says 85 mph winds and golfball hail in past 5 minutes.

8:41 PM: The Red Cross has set up a website to check on your loved ones in Moore, OK. You can go to www.safeandwell.org

8:30 PM: Currently we have no active TORNADO WARNINGS

8:24 PM: Tornado Warnings for Coal and Atoka County will end at 8:30. Damaging hail and winds are still possible.

8:07 PM: MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Okla. authorities: Search and rescue efforts will continue throughout the night.

8:03 PM: MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents who are wondering about the fate of their children after the tornado that devastated suburban Oklahoma City.

Fallin says a communications center has been set up Monday at a church in Moore, where an afternoon tornado flattened entire neighborhoods and destroyed an elementary school with a direct hit. She says responders are working as quickly as they can to sort through the rubble.

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8:02 PM: 51 killed in Oklahoma tornado; death toll to rise

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says a growing death toll from a massive tornado that struck outside Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon now stands at 51. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is again expected to rise. Elliott says children are among those killed by the storm.

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7:58 PM: Hospitals treat more than 120 after Okla. tornado

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Officials at two hospitals say they're treating more than 120 patients, including about 70 children, after a massive tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says the hospital and a nearby children's hospital are treating approximately 85 patients, including 65 children, after Monday afternoon's twister.

He said their conditions ranged from minor injuries to critical.

Integris Southwest Medical Center spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY'-ot) says 10 of 37 patients being treated at that facility Monday are listed in critical condition. Twelve are in serious and 15 others are listed in fair or good condition.

Cayor says five of the patients at Integris are children, including two who came from the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.

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7:45 Tornado Watch for Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, and Marshall Counties have been extended until 3 AM.

7:35 PM: Carter County Tornado Warning has been lifted but a Tornado Watch is still in place.

7:31: OG&E reporting 1,635 customers in Mannsville and 314 in Ardmore without power.

7:31 PM: Johnston County Emergency Management say Hwy 1 by Pettyjohn Rd. has power lines down across the hwy.

7:24 PM: 37 killed in Oklahoma tornado; death toll to rise

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says 37 people have been killed by a tornado that hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is expected to rise. Elliott didn't know how many of those killed were children.

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7:24 PM: TORNADO WARNING extended for Marshall and Johnston County until 7:45 PM

7:19 PM: Johnston County Emergency Management: Johnston/Atoka county line tree down on mobile home.

7:13 PM: TORNADO WARNING issued for Pushmataha and Pittsburg County until 7:45 PM

7:12 pm - Bromide - power lines down.

7:04 PM: The Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WARNING effective until 07:45 PM CDT for the following Oklahoma counties: CARTER, LOVE, MARSHALL

6:43 PM: TORNADO WARNING issued for Atoka, Coal, and Johnston County until 7 PM.

6:25 According to Johnston County Emergency Management rotation has been spotted on Highway 48 and Cheadle Rd also 4 miles south of Ravia - heavy rain, large hail, limited visibility, and a heads up the Wapanucka storm shelter is open make sure and take cover if you are in the area.

6:04: TORNADO WARNINGS issued for Johnston, Marshall, Montague, and Carter County until 6:45 PM

5:49 PM:Tornado confirmed on the ground headed toward Nocona and Belcherville. Take cover as quickly as possible.

5:45 PM: TORNADO WARNING Cancelled for Carter County

5:33 PM: Academic/Athletic Banquet at Petrolia High School set for 6:00 tonight has been cancelled.

5:30 TORNADO WARNING issued for northern Montague County until 6:30 PM

5:15 National Weather Services says Moore tornado was EF4 with winds around 200 MPH

5:10 PM: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING issued for Northern Pontotoc county in east central Oklahoma

5:00 PM: TORNADO WARNING has been issued for southwestern Carter County eastern Jefferson County northwestern Love County in southern Oklahoma until 6:00 PM

4:50 PM: Garvin County Tornado Warning has been extended until 5:15. Again we urge all viewers to take cover and stay tuned as we update you through out the night.

4:38 PM: Confirmed tornado headed for Pauls Valley, OK. Take precautions now.

4:34 PM: Ashley Park reports that the Stephens County Sheriff said the only damage from the storm has been through pastures/rural area and that a roof of a barn and some power lines out but no main structures in town.

4:28 PM: CANCELLATION- Grace Baptist Church in Durant is cancelling tonight's services

4:20 PM: CBS News Special Report on the large tornado that badly damaged the OKC area on the air now on CBS 12. live stream from CBS

4:03 PM: An intense storm in western Jefferson Co. will affect Ringling and Healdton in about 20-30 minutes as it moves ENE. This a dangerous storm with large hail and the potential for a tornado.

3:55 PM: NEWS9/OKC storm coverage live with Gary England: live stream from CBS

3:18 PM: A second Tornado has been confirmed around 8 miles east of Duncan.

3:12 PM: A tornado has touched down south of Bray and Hope. We urge all viewers to take cover and stay tuned as we update you through out the night.


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