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Read about severe storm updates, road closings and travel conditions below. The following tweets are from reporters, state officials and meteorologists.
FROM LOCAL REPORTS Modified: May 20, 2013 at 7:57 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

A tornado swept through Moore Monday afternoon, flattening homes and killing dozens of people in its path.

The state medical examiner's office reports 24 people were killed in the tornado, and the death toll is expected to rise, according to The Associated Press.

Briarwood Elementary School, 14901 Hudson Ave. off of SW 149, was heavily damaged by the twister. Moore Medical Center was also hit by the storm and is being evacuated, spokeswoman Kelly Wells said.

Another tornado reportedly touched down outside of Sparks in southern Lincoln County. A spokeswoman said the damage was not immediately known.

Read about severe storm updates, road closings and travel conditions below. The following tweets are from reporters, state officials and meteorologists.

Bryan Painter 12:48 p.m. A day after storms yielded tornadoes, Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office, said Monday's conditions in some ways are "a more volatile setup than we saw yesterday."

Smith said they expect thunderstorms to develop before 2 p.m. maybe just a little west of Interstate 35, south of I-40 over southwest Oklahoma. They think those storms will intensify.

"The area of most concern this afternoon and this evening is going to be along and east of I-44 and along and south of I-40," Smith said. "We're going to have severe storms other places, north of there, up toward Ponca City, even along I-35, we'll see storms developing and see severe storms.

"But the worst weather, and where we're most worried about tornadoes and the big giant hail, is east of I-44, south of I-40."
That area of most concern includes the Oklahoma City metro area."
Bryan Painter 12:48 p.m. "We're really worried about the drive home, the school bus rides home this afternoon and evening," Smith said. "Storms will be peaking in intensity in that 3 to 5 o'clock time-frame, so anybody that is on the road at that time is going to want to be very weather aware because you do not want to be in a vehicle if there are tornadoes around."

Smith was asked if more of the same as seen Sunday is possible?

"I think so," he said. "I would not be surprised to see tornadoes similar to what we saw yesterday. The ingredients in some ways are even more in place today than they were yesterday. In some ways, it's a more volatile setup than we saw yesterday. It's going to be a little farther south and it may catch the Oklahoma City metro, but that area that we're focusing in on should really be paying very close attention today."

As for Sunday's damage, the National Weather Service, Norman has sent five survey teams out and so far, as of noon, they've found EF4 damage for sure with the Shawnee tornado. They haven't heard back from the other teams much as of yet. They were trying to finish before today's possible severe weather starts.
Bryan Painter 1:05 p.m. A Tornado Watch is expected to include much of central and southern Oklahoma.
Bryan Painter 1:11 p.m. Again, Tornado watch for 55 counties in Oklahoma including much of central and southern Oklahoma
Bryan Painter 1:14 p.m. Edmond Tornado Sunday was an EF1, said Rick Smith, National Weather Service, Norman
Bryan Painter 1:34 p.m. Nickel size hail 1:33 p.m. Pumpkin Center along Highway 7
Bryan Painter 1:44 p.m. From the American Red Cross:

We currently have 3 shelters open at the following locations:

Little Axe Resource Center

1970 156th Ave. NE

Norman, OK 73026

Carney Oklahoma Senior Center

301 E. Maple

Carney, OK 74832

Shawnee High School Athletic Center

1001 N. Kennedy

Shawnee, OK 74801

These shelters will remain open throughout tonight.
Bryan Painter 1:50 p.m. Significant weather advisory for Cotton, Stephens, Comanche counties
Bryan Painter 1:56 p.m. From the Area Forecast Discussion: Rapid thunderstorm development is expected over the next hour or two along the dryline and stationary boundary. This will mainly be along Interstate 44 from Oklahoma City southward, according to the National Weather Service, Norman.
Bryan Painter 1:59 p.m. Quarter size hail Rush Springs
Bryan Painter 2:01 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Garvin, Grady, McClain counties until 3 p.m.
Bryan Painter 2:02 p.m. Quarter size hail 6 miles west of Duncan
Bryan Painter 2:03 p.m. 6 mi north of Marlow, golf ball size hail
Bryan Painter 2:04 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm warning for Comanche, Grady, Stephens counties until 3 p.m.
Bryan Painter 2:12 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning for Tuttle and Blanchard coming
Bryan Painter 2:13 p.m. Oklahoma City metro, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, McClain and Oklahoma Counties.
Bryan Painter 2:17 p.m. Another severe thunderstorm warning likely coming for Oklahoma City metro.
Bryan Painter 2:19 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Canadian, Logan, Oklahoma counties. Also severe thunderstorm warning for Grady, Stephens counties.
Bryan Painter 2:23 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning Cotton County
Bryan Painter 2:28 p.m. Oklahoma City metro, that severe thunderstorm warning is continuing for Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma counties until 3 p.m.
Bryan Painter 2:36 p.m. 2:28 p.m. Will Rogers World Airport, report of quarter size hail
Bryan Painter 2:39 p.m. Newcastle, Moore, southwest Oklahoma City watch this Newcastle storm
Bryan Painter 2:39 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning Cotton County
Bryan Painter 2:40 p.m. Tornado warnings Newcastle storm in Oklahoma City metro and Marlow and Bray
Bryan Painter 2:41 p.m. Tornado Warning for Cleveland, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma counties
Bryan Painter 2:43 p.m. Tornado Warning for Carter, Garvin, Grady, Stephens
Bryan Painter 2:44 p.m. 2:27 p.m. Yukon 3.25 inch hail
Bryan Painter 2:47 p.m. Recap: Currently two tornado warnings. One is for the Oklahoma City metro including Cleveland, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma counties and other for Carter, Garvin, Grady, Stephens counties. These are potentially very dangerous!
Bryan Painter 2:47 p.m. If you are in the Tornado Warnings, please take shelter!
Bryan Painter 2:48 p.m. TDWR shows strong cyclonic circulation on the Grady-McClain county line, 1 mile north of I-44. Tornado likely developing
NewsOK 2:50 p.m. Children in Oklahoma City elementary and middle schools are being held in school as severe weather descends on the city, according to district officials. The district has about 55 elementary schools and about a dozen middle schools.
NewsOK 2:50 p.m. From Norman Public Schools:

At this time we are holding all Elementary bus riders, walkers and daycare riders as we monitor the storm progress. The only students being released are students who have parents enter the building to check them out. We will keep you posted as the weather progresses.
Bryan Painter 2:50 p.m. Tornado warning for Cleveland, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma counties continues
Bryan Painter 2:54 p.m. Oklahoma City metro in the Tornado Warning please take shelter if you haven't. Includes Cleveland, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma counties. Please take shelter.
NewsOK 2:55 p.m.
Putnam City Schools are holding all students at all of its campuses because of severe weather moving through the Oklahoma CIty area, district spokesman Steve Lindley said.
Lindley said all students are in their shelter areas on all campuses. Additionally  parents have been informed that bus service for elementary and high school students will be delayed.  
Bryan Painter 2:56 p.m. Grady is out of the Tornado Warning but Cleveland, McClain and Oklahoma counties remain unti 3:15 p.m.
Bryan Painter 2:56 p.m. North side Newcastle, tornado
NewsOK 2:56 p.m. The House of Representatives evacuated Monday afternoon from the 4th-floor chamber in the state Capitol to the basement.

When tornado sirens first sounded, Rep. Charlie Joyner, R-Midwest City, told members to get under their desks.

Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon, sitting in the speaker's chair, said members would continue to work unless they were advised by troopers to evacuate. About five minutes later, troopers advised House members to evacuate.

The Senate, meeting across the rotunda, was still in session.
Bryan Painter 2:57 p.m. Newcastle, Moore and Norman shelter now
Bryan Painter 3:01 p.m. OKLAHOMA CITY Tornado Emergency!!!
Bryan Painter 3:01 p.m. Oklahoma City tornado, please be in your shelter!
Bryan Painter 3:02 p.m. This is extremely dangerous, Oklahoma City.
Bryan Painter 3:03 p.m. Moore, south Oklahoma City tornado approaching, 3:04
Bryan Painter 3:11 p.m. Tornado warning continues for Cleveland, McClain, Oklahoma counties this is an extremely dangerous tornado!
Bryan Painter 3:11 p.m. Tornado reported on storm near Marlow, this was reported to National Weather Service, Norman
Bryan Painter 3:12 p.m. Tornado warning for Carter, Garvin, Grady, Stephens counties
Bryan Painter 3:13 p.m. Oklahoma City take shelter now!
Bryan Painter 3:15 p.m. Tennis ball size hail Moore 3:06 p.m.
Bryan Painter 3:18 p.m. Tornado warning continues for Cleveland, Oklahoma counties
Bryan Painter 3:18 p.m. Large tornado east of Bray in Stephens County, 3:17 p.m
Bryan Painter 3:20 p.m. Tornado Warning Garvin, Grady, Stephens County.
Bryan Painter 3:21 p.m. Moore, South Oklahoma City in your shelter!
Bryan Painter 3:23 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning for Lincoln, Logan, Payne counties.
Bryan Painter 3:25 p.m. At 3:30 tornado near Moore moving east at 20 mph, National Weather Service, Norman
Bryan Painter 3:29 p.m. 3:26 Tornado warning for Cotton, Jefferson counties
Bryan Painter 3:33 p.m. Southeast Oklahoma City be ready for this, be in your shelter
Bryan Painter 3:35 p.m. 3:33 Tornado warning continues for Cleveland, Oklahoma counties
Bryan Painter 3:37 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Payne
Bryan Painter 3:40 p.m. Golf ball Tinker
Bryan Painter 3:42 p.m. Tornado Warning for Cleveland, Lincoln, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie Counties
NewsOK 3:45 p.m. Oklahoma City police are asking motorists to avoid the area between Western and Santa Fe from 134th to 164th streets to allow for emergency vehicles to reach affected areas. Capt. Dexter Nelson said there are power lines down along roadways in the area.
Bryan Painter 3:48 p.m. Tornado Warning 3:46 p.m. for Cotton, Jefferson counties
NewsOK 3:49 p.m. The H.E. Bailey Turnpike at SH 4, Norman spur has been shut down due to tornado events.
NewsOK 3:49 p.m. EMSA spokeswoman Lara O'Leary said at 3:40 p.m. that they have sent crews to Briarwood Elementary in Moore. They have also sent crews to several structures, including homes, and to intersections with multiple injuries. The ambulance service has sent out all crews to the damaged area. "There's damage at a wide scope at this point," O'Leary said.
Bryan Painter 3:56 p.m. Tornado Warning Cleveland, Lincoln, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie counties
NewsOK 3:57 p.m. Police are setting up a staging area outside of Briarwood Elementary, 14901 Hudson Ave. off of SW 149. Search and rescue efforts are continuing. Parents are asked to wait at staging area, according to scanner traffic.
Bryan Painter 3:58 p.m. New tornado warning for Garvin County
NewsOK 4:00 p.m. Members of the House of Representatives returned to the 4th-floor chamber shortly before 4 p.m. Monday about spending about an hour in the state Capitol's basement because of tornadoes in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Rep. Don Armes, R-Faxon, who was presiding in the chamber, said Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, who are in charge of security at the Capitol, advised them to evacuate.

Across the rotunda, however, senators continued to meet in session.
Bryan Painter 4:04 p.m. Here are three different tornado warnings: Lincoln, Oklahoma, Pottawatomie counties; Jefferson County; Garvin, Grady, Stephens counties
NewsOK 4:05 p.m. Briarwood Elementary, 14901 Hudson Ave. off of SW 149, has been heavily damaged, according to one of our photographers at the scene.
Bryan Painter 4:06 p.m. Tornado 8mi north Elmore City
Bryan Painter 4:08 p.m. Baseball size haiil Luther
NewsOK 4:14 p.m. St. Anthony spokeswoman Sandra Payne said three pediatric patients have came to the St. Anthony HealthPlex South. They were not in critical condition and mainly reported cuts and bruises.
Bryan Painter 4:25 p.m. 4:24 Lincoln County Tornado Warning
NewsOK 4:27 p.m. Kelly Wells, Norman Regional Medical Center spokeswoman, said Moore Medical Center was damaged significantly, with the second floor largely gone.

"All of our staff has been accounted for," she said. "None of our patients there have been critically injured. We’re in the process of evacuating the hospital."

The hospital had 30 patients at the time. They will be taken to two Norman hospitals.

Wells said that staff members told her the hospital's second floor is "pretty much gone, and the front side is gone." The north end of the hospital was also majorly damaged, she said.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger said the hospital has received seven patients to its emergency room, and at least 15 other patients are on their way there.
Bryan Painter 4:30 p.m. Report of Tornado West of Meeker
NewsOK 4:33 p.m. Sandra Payne, St. Anthony spokeswoman, said they have one adult patient at the St Anthony Healthplex South. They have a total of four patients now.
Bryan Painter 4:34 p.m. Tornado reported just west of White Bead about 4:30 p.m. White Bead is west of Pauls Valley
Bryan Painter 4:35 p.m. 4:34 p.m. Tornado Warning for Garvin County
Bryan Painter 4:38 p.m. Large tornado reported near 4 mi west of Pauls Valley at 4:37 p.m.
NewsOK 4:47 p.m. Seven people had been taken to Integris Health Southwest Hospital by 4:30 p.m. Their conditions were unknown, said Brooke Cayot, Integris spokeswoman. No patients have been taken to Integris Baptist Hospital.
NewsOK 4:57 p.m. A tornado touched down outside of Sparks in southern Lincoln County, but the damage was not immediately known, a Lincoln County Emergency Management spokeswoman said.
NewsOK 5:01 p.m. Integris Health Southwest:

Nine patients. Three are critical - two females and one male. One of the women is in her 90s. They have head and chest injuries.

Three are serious and one is an 86-year-old. Two are in good condition, one is a child. A condition on the ninth victim is unknown at this time.

St. Anthony:

Four patients in fair condition.
Bryan Painter 5:05 p.m. Update at 4:47 p.m. from Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist, National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office:

"We were using the strongest possible wording, all morning and into the early afternoon that we were expecting just this type of thing to happen. We were in close contact with emergency officials, school systems and everything. Our forecast and our information indicated that this was going to be as bad or worse than yesterday and it looks like that has definitely been the case."

On official tornado records dating to 1950, May is Oklahoma's most likely month for twisters.

"These are unusually strong tornadoes, but they are not unheard of," Smith said. "We have just the right combination of ingredients that set up three days in a row over parts of Oklahoma, and the last two days, yesterday and today have certainly been the big tornado days. There's a long list of ingredients that come together to create these tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, we've just had those unfortunately sitting right over the middle of the state two days in a row.

"Very humid, unstable air, very muggy air at the surface. We've had very, very strong winds aloft and at the surface that creates what we call wind shear that makes the storm start to rotate and then we just had an upper level disturbance, a storm system in the upper levels of the atmosphere that moved out across Oklahoma this afternoon and storms went from nothing to intense dangerous storms in less than an hour."
Bryan Painter 5:08 p.m. There's a storm near Henrietta, Texas that could be making its way to the Terral and Ryan areas in Jefferson County in Oklahoma.
Bryan Painter 5:10 p.m. Storm at Henrietta, Texas could be really big, please be aware in Jefferson County in southern Oklahoma!
NewsOK 5:21 p.m. The state superintendent of schools said Tuesday that state Education Department officials are ready to help school districts affected by severe weather this week.

"My staff and I stand ready to offer full support to any school districts that have experienced injuries or damages from these terrible tornadoes,” Janet Barresi said in a statement.

Barresi said her agency has heard of damage in school districts in Carney, Bethel, Dale, Little Axe, Moore, Shawnee and other areas.
NewsOK 5:26 p.m. Oklahoma County is dispatching all work crews and vehicles to Moore to assist in the crisis there. Oklahoma County Districts One, Two and Three will organize convoys of some 40 vehicles including trucks and graders to assist in debris emergency debris removal and road clearance, with a crew of at least 60 personnel. The convoys will arrive before dark this evening.
NewsOK 5:29 p.m. To check on loved ones, you can go to
NewsOK 5:37 p.m. In the Madison Place neighborhood in southeast Moore. Several homes are completely destroyed. Debris covering the streets.
NewsOK 5:39 p.m. Mark Ellerd lives about two blocks form the Warren Theatre in Moore. He was working alone in his garage when he heard a weather alert on the radio. He shut himself into a closet with his dog, a cocker spaniel named Molly.

"It sounded like a roaring train," he said. "I could hear roof go and the walls start to crumble."

Ellerd and his dog were unhurt, and his wife wasn't home when the tornado hit. His home was devastated. He said he planned to stay on his property tonight and wait for an insurance agent.

"I'm going to be pitching a tent here tonight," he said. "This is my home."
Bryan Painter 5:42 p.m. Tornado warning Jefferson County
Bryan Painter 5:57 p.m. Tornado warning for just east of Ardmore
NewsOK 6:06 p.m. Louise Giles had dashed out of work for a few minutes Monday afternoon to drop off something at the post office. The sirens went off, and postal workers ushered everyone into safe rooms. She and seven or eighth others rode out the storm in a janitorial closet.

"It was awful," Giles said.

When she came outside, her truck windows were blasted out. Monday afternoon, she waited in a parking lot near the post office for her husband to pick her up. The two planned to go find out the condition of their home together.

"I'm just hoping I still have a home," she said.
NewsOK 6:11 p.m. The Red Cross will be opening a shelter at St. Andrews Church at SW 119 and S May. The City of Oklahoma City is also using this location as a reunification site.
NewsOK 6:18 p.m. The National Red Cross will be moving in 20 response vehicles for feeding and distribution of relief items, spokesman Ken Garcia said. Trailers with additional supplies are also being mobilized.

The best way to assist storm victims is to make a donation or or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
NewsOK 6:40 p.m. The Orr Family Farm,14400 S. Western, in southwest Oklahoma City sustained damage during a tornado that moved through the area Monday afternoon, a spokesman said.

All administrative staff are safe and accounted for, a spokesman said. Several areas of the farm sustained serious damage. Stables at Celestial Acres Training Court which shares space on the property were completely destroyed. Staff are currently assessing the number of animals lost in the tornado.

According to its website the Orr Family Farm is an agri-tainment experience created to provide families and groups a glimpse of their heritage and history in an agricultural setting.
NewsOK 6:44 p.m. Use this page to find and connect with loved ones who live in Moore or might be missing after today's storms.
NewsOK 6:56 p.m. Three people are confirmed dead in the Moore area. Law enforcement agencies from all over the state are conducting searches in the area.

"We hope that we don't have anymore fatalities, but we know there are a lot more people trapped tonight," Randolph said.

Randolph asked for people to stay away from the Moore area, to donate to the American Red Cross, and to not take pictures of the injured.
She also stressed the importance of pulling over to the right side of the road when you see an emergency vehicle with its lights and/or sirens on.

"As soon as I heard there was a tornado in Moore, I hoped into my vehicle and drove down here. When I got to Moore, I saw a lot of walking wounded -- people with blood all over. It was a matter of putting work gloves on and getting to work," she said.

"It's the worst thing I have ever seen."
NewsOK 7:09 p.m. Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel confirmed there are fatalities, but he doesn't know how many. Whetsel said his deputies are assisting Oklahoma City and Moore officials by doing a house-by-house search for tornado victims.
NewsOK 7:20 p.m. State medical examiner's office: 37 killed in Oklahoma tornado; death toll expected to rise.
NewsOK 7:38 p.m. OU Medical Center and Children's Hospital:

85 patients and preliminary information says 65 are children. Conditions range from minor to critical.
NewsOK 8:02 p.m. If family members believe a loved one has been taken to OU Medical Center or The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, a family information center has been set up at The Vose Auditorium at OU Medical Center, NE 13th and Lincoln Boulevard.

All available personnel continue to remain on duty to provide patient care, and OU Medical Center Edmond is able to receive additional patients if necessary.
NewsOK 8:37 p.m. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says a growing death toll from a massive tornado that struck Moore Monday afternoon now stands at 51.
NewsOK 8:51 p.m. SB Lanes are now open at I35 between I240 and Indian Hill. The access roads are still closed and the offramps are still closed.
NewsOK 8:52 p.m. Red Cross shelters:

St. Andrews United Methodist

2727 SW 119th St


Moore Community Center

201 S Howard

Moore OK

Newcastle Storm Shelter

851 N Carr


Absentee Shawnee Tribe Little Axe Resource Center

Carney Senior Center

301 E Maple


Shawnee Athletic Center

(Shawnee High School)

1001 North Kennedy

Shawnee, OK

Way's to help:

Donate to or text REDCROSS to 90999


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