Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

(Back side of storm system that developed into the Joplin, Missouri tornado of May 22, 2011, 158 killed)

We  have had some bad weather today in Oklahoma. A huge tornado went right through Moore, Oklahoma and as I write this post, there have been 51 confirmed deaths, including 21 children, and a large number of people unaccounted including 24 in an elementary school.

(Canadian County, Oklahoma – aftermath of tornado of May 24, 2011 – 6 killed)

We get a little antsy here in Oklahoma when the weather is warm and humid here in Oklahoma and the winds get a little swirly. There is too much energy in the air. The storms seem to in west Texas in the heat of the afternoon and set out  in a roughly northeast direction across Oklahoma. The television stations go nuts with their storm radars and cameras and their weather chasers. It’s all very anxiety producing.

#storm #chaser #chickasha #oklahoma
(Weatherchaser car, 2012 Chickasha, Oklahoma)

To some it seems to be a sport and lots of fun. I even read reports of tourists paying to ride with tornado chasers. I think they are nuts.

(More Canadian County, Oklahoma tornado aftermath)

We  clear out our saferoom and hope and pray for the best. Most of the time nothing happens and we bitch about missing the playoff game, or the last holes of the golf tournament although we are not too serious about it.

(Leedey Tornado Monument, May 31, 1947, seven killed)

Today though, we are not complaining about anything. We are shocked by the loss of life, especially that of children, and hope and pray that that twenty four unaccounted for children at Plaza Towers elementary school made it home.

16 thoughts on “Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

  1. DeniseinVA

    I am so sorry to hear about the tornado today Yogi, I have been watching the news and my heart and prayers are with all the families who have been affected by this tragedy. It is always so shocking to hear about these storms and the devastation they cause, and the loss of life. Please stay safe you and the family, all your loved ones out there.

  2. Leedslass

    I have watched the tv coverage of the tornado in absolute horror and am so glad that those I “know” are safe and well but feel for those who are dead and missing. I cannot even begin to think what it must be to experience something so devastating as a tornado and, yet, as you say, some seek to follow – they’re mad.

    Stay safe, and I hope some of those who are lost can be found.

  3. P M Prescott

    Sat many a night in storm shelters while going to college in West Texas. When one hits like this you know why it’s better safe than sorry. Huffington Post is revising the death toll down to 24 with only 7 children. There seems to be mass confusion out there, but it’s not offen the numbers go down.

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  5. Taken For Granted

    I am sorry to have seen the news of the tornado in Moore yesterday. Good to know that you and your family are safe. Tornados are best just avoided, if possible.

  6. joan

    Went to school today, nearly choked up as I took role in my first hour. I was thinking of those teachers and children. All my kids were present…

  7. richies

    Such a sad day. We are experiencing storms today and it has people on edge. We experienced a devastating tornado here in Mena in 2009 with 3 deaths and 600 homes damaged, but the Moore tornado is simply mind numbing. Our prayers are with all those affected by the storms.

    An Arkies Musings

  8. Barb

    I watched this on TV in the Phoenix airport, Yogi, and thought about you. I cannot imagine the fear and grief.

  9. Ellen

    The loss of those little children is heartbreaking. It’s incredible to see how the people band together to help the community and each other. Praying for Oklahoma!

  10. DrillerAA09

    Today was a better day. Even in Moore it was discovered that the death toll was lower than originally reported…although there are still hundreds and hundreds of structures left to search.
    I would pay money to not ride with a storm chaser. I don’t like lightning and I really don’t like tornadoes. Growing up in Oklahoma, I’ve seen my share of both. I appreciate the work that they do, but have no desire to participate.

  11. AVCr8teur

    It was difficult to watch the devastation on television and can’t imagine tourists going out to see it first hand. I am glad to hear you and your family are okay. My thoughts are with the victims and their families.

  12. EG CameraGirl

    Amazing how when something hits so close to home that we see thing in perspective. Playoff games (and whatever else) suddenly don’t seem so important.

  13. Sandy Carlson

    Thinking about your landscape–how wide open it is there. There is nothing between you and the sky. In Connecticut, we have all kinds of stuff to break the fall of the weather–including the Carolinas, which bear the brunt of our hurricanes. I think we live in a sense of safety here. Reading your post makes me grateful for the trees, the hills, the stubborn ledge…. Thinking about Oklahoma, how dare any of us be anything less than grateful that we are here and we have today and tomorrow…

    Thanks for this post.

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