Schools, Medical Center Hit in Oklahoma Tornado
May 20, 2013 - 2:29 pm
Prayers for the people of Oklahoma. A massive tornado followed the same path today that an EF-5 tornado followed on May 3, near Oklahoma City. Now, as then, the result is devastation.
KOTV reports a local elementary school took a direct hit, where children are reportedly trapped inside.
The NWS office in Norman described the tornado as large and violent.
The first images emerging from Moore show demolished homes, smashed cars, downed power lines and scattered debris.
An unidentified mother told KOTV she and her two children were taking cover in the bathtub when the tornado blew through their neighborhood.
“Our whole house is gone, everything but where we were is gone,” she said, through sobs.
Had she not been in the bathtub “it would have been completely different,” she said.
Interstate 35 in Moore is closed in both directions.
Reports are that two schools were destroyed. Students were reportedly in underground shelters as the tornado struck. The storm is far from over. A tornado-spawning wall cloud is reportedly moving east along I-40. The forecast calls for more violent weather later today and tomorrow.