Twister's Damage Leaves Moore Without Power

By Bob Doucette Published: May 4, 1999
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MOORE -- As darkness settled in, finding people became more difficult in this blacked-out city, all of which had lost power in the storm.

The victims and the volunteers were easy to tell apart. Volunteers were in a hurry. Victims plodded slowly to shelters or sometimes to no place at all.

Moore police spokesman Scott Singer said the tornado came into the city near Indian Hill Road and Western Hills Avenue and went northeast. Most of the damage was between 12th Street and 27th Street and Santa Fe and Eastern, about six to eight square miles.

Singer said about 20 injured people were transported to area hospitals. Some injuries were reported as serious.

"From what I've seen, the damage is bad. It's worse than the October tornado, much worse," Singer said.

On Monday, power was out citywide. Gas service was spotty. Singer said gas probably would be cut off in large areas to find and fix leaks.

The area around Kelly Elementary School in northwest Moore was one of the hardest hit, Singer said.

Some areas were blocked to traffic south of SE 27 because of gas leaks. Traffic was crawling or stopped along Interstate 35 both ways Monday night.


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