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20 Children Are Among the 91 Dead After Nightmare Oklahoma Tornado (VIDEO)

Posted by on May. 21, 2013 at 10:43 AM
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20 Children Are Among the 91 Dead After Nightmare Oklahoma Tornado (VIDEO)

by Sasha Brown-Worsham

Oklhahoma tornadoThe initial death toll for the devastating 2-mile wide tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma for a shocking 40 minutes Monday afternoon is 91. Though it will likely continue to climb, at least 20 of the dead are children. It is an absolute nightmare scenario, a tragedy beyond any kind of comprehension.

The state's medical examiner's office said the office anticipates 40 more deaths from the Monday's twister. This is not a movie. This is real life. It is possibly the worst tornado in history and is coming on the heels of so many tragedies in this past few months, it is almost impossible to process.

For those in the path of the storm, things were fine one minute and 10 minutes later, everything was destroyed. It is the kind of thing that makes you ask why? Why do things this after happen? There is no explanation.

There are heroes, of course. Teachers who embraced scared children and comforted them before their parents could arrive. Teachers who led students out of the schools, holding their hands and carrying them. The photos are profound and moving. Just as they were from another school tragedy just a few months ago. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, teachers were heroes.

Now we see this again at Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. Teachers are heroes.

As a parent, I know this every single day when I send my children to school. They come home full of excitement and new information. But I also trust my children's teachers with their lives and, for the most part, I think that trust is well placed.

People always pay lip service to teachers not being paid enough, but then bash them when it comes to union negotiations and such. How many school tragedies is it going to take for us to look at the selflessness of teachers. They are bloodied and battered in the photos out of Oklahoma, but they are still carrying children. They are still thinking of our babies first.

There are no words for my gratitude and appreciation of those teachers and my sorrow at the many losses in Oklahoma yesterday. Many were asking how to explain these deaths to children and there probably is no way. At least none that makes sense.

How can we possibly explain a storm as massive as this one that can come along on a perfectly normal day and destroy everything in its path.

See footage below:


My heart is breaking for Oklahoma. We have to focus on the good -- the heroes -- or we will lose our minds. But I can't stray far from the sobering and horrifying facts of this situation. When all is said and done, close to 100 people may have lost their lives on a perfect May afternoon. That is just simply beyond comprehension or reason.

Have you seen any heroic stories that moved you?

Have you ever faced a natural disaster?


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by Sapphire Member on May. 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

None here as bad as this one thank goodness,
This is so heart breaking :(

by on May. 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM

literally crying right now. i'm praying for the families of everyone lost, especially those poor babies :(

by ♥Char2theMaine♥ on May. 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

So sad.

by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2013 at 5:01 PM

When my husband was little he moved around with his mom, they traveled all over the country together in her car. They would stop for a few months during the school year, living in whatever trailer they could find, and then when it was over, they would pack up and get going. Might sound sad but he loved it, they did this by choice. His favorite show was Mr.Rogers, so whenever he saw something bad or sad, his mother would tell him what Fred Rogers said his mother had told him when he was little, that when you see something terrible and scary, look for the helpers, don't focus on the bad people, focus on the people who do good and they will show you the true human spirit. They were living in Oklahoma in 1999, he was seven years old, when a tornado hit. He was at a friends house, his mom was at their trailer. He wandered around there for a while after it was over and remembered what his mom said, to look for the helpers, and he saw a lot of people doing a lot of good until a Red Cross worker picked him up and brought him to a shelter where he sat for two days until he was reunited with his mother. Whenever something horrible happens, he tells the same thing to my son. Watching the news yesterday when my five year old son was upset and wondering what was going to happen to all of the people and the kids in the school, he just sat and whispered to him "look for the helpers Abel, show me where they are" and it made him less scared and upset because he knew there were people there helping them.

by on May. 21, 2013 at 5:05 PM
[Updated at 3:24 p.m. CT]

MOORE, Okla.—As a hailstorm bore down on the devastated region Tuesday afternoon, first responders continued to sift through debris to try to find survivors and figure out how many people died in the massive tornado that ripped through southern Oklahoma City and other towns a day earlier.

Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead—including 9 children—and 237 were injured by the twister, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said. At a news conference Tuesday, Fallin said officials are trying to find out if other victims might have been taken to local funeral homes and have not yet been counted in the death toll. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service upgraded the tornado to a top-of-the-scale EF5, saying its winds were at least 200 mph. The tornado cut a path of destruction 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.

"We're going through that debris, and we're going to keep looking until everybody's found," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said at the news conference.

Fallin said authorities "don't even know if there are missing people" but will turn over every piece of debris to find survivors possibly trapped in the rubble. First responders will check each damaged piece of property three times to ensure no one who needs help is overlooked, Fallin said.

"This was the storm of storms," Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said.

[Photos from the scene.]

Earlier, authorities said they expected more victims to be uncovered.

"Not to be pessimistic ... but we think the death toll will continue to climb as we find more bodies," Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said on CNN.

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by Silver Member on May. 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

This is a very sad situation..My thoughts and Prayers go out to the many families affected by this devastating Tornado in their time of need and comfort.  I am looking at television right now and you can't help but tear up :(

by Ruby Member on May. 21, 2013 at 9:33 PM

So devastating

by on May. 21, 2013 at 9:34 PM

The news is saying the death toll was lowered to 24 confirmed

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