Devastating Tornado Rips Through Oklahoma City

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A huge tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma City Monday, killing many and injuring 145. The tornado is said to have produced winds of 200 M.P.H. that leveled buildings and whole neighborhoods. Among the buildings damaged were two elementary schools, including the Plaza Towers Elementary School in the suburb of Moore, which was full of children at the time the tornado struck.

Rachel Hubbard is associate director at KOSU in Oklahoma. She talks to us live from her home in Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

Pastor Ben Glover is a minister at the Oakcrest Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. The church is one of the facilities in the area that has opened its doors to the victims of the tornado. They provided shelter to roughly 20 victims last night.

Garrett Ingoglia is the vice president of emergency response at AmeriCares, a non-profit emergency response organization. He provides a sense of the emergency response in a situation like this.


Pastor Ben Glover, Rachel Hubbard and Garrett Ingoglia

Produced by:

Elizabeth Ross

Comments [3]

I want people to try and take out emotion and and look at it from a practical and more logical view, and ask the harder question of if they should rebuild? here sits a community of people in the dead center of an area prone to have one of mother natures most devastating forces. A force that can manifest within minutes and without warning, leaving a path of destruction and wiping away any sense of recognizable history behind it. Thousands left homeless. family and friends killed. Oklahoma has had 3473 Tornadoes in the past 50 years. Averaging between 40 to 90 tornadoes annually. I am thinking of the people that live in these areas. How much suffering and pain can one community take? how many times will people roll the dice against mother natures fury? Eventually people need to wise up and say No! you can not build here because you are putting your life in danger and your home will be swept away again. There is going to Millions and dollars pouring into the Oklahoma to help the victims which they are in desperate need of. but all of this will be pointless when another 2 mile Tornado rears its nastiness and rips everything to bits once again. A similar discussion was raised after Katrina. My 2 cents is people should take the money donated and use it toward relocating to somewhere less dangerous.

May. 22 2013 01:16 PM

Why didn't the schools in this tornado infested region have a storm cellar??????

May. 21 2013 10:05 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One has to be ready to die at any time, one never knows.

May. 21 2013 08:18 AM

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