A killer tornado, at least a half mile wide, gave local residents very little time to seek safe shelter in the suburbs of Oklahoma City yesterday. The twister destroyed the community of Moore, which is about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City. The twister was a mile wide at its base, according to The Weather Channel. Another report said the tornado kicked up a cloud of debris perhaps two miles wide. The National Weather Service initially classified the storm as an EF4, the second-strongest type, with winds of 166 to 200 mph.
The press is reporting at least 51 dead, 20 kids, and 120 people being treated at hospitals. Officials warned that the death toll from Monday’s mid-afternoon twister was almost certain to rise significantly as more bodies were taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner. Elementary school children were among the many missing.
This is one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history and the devastation is massive. If you would like to help the communities affected by this terrible event, you’ll find several options below:
Red Cross: Text (REDCROSS) to 90999 to make a $10 dollar donation or visit the website
Salvation Army: Text (Storm) to 80888
Operation USA -- Donate online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. You can also donate $10 by texting AID to 50555.
Samaritan's Purse -- Donate online or call 1-800-528-1980. Mail donations to: Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.
Save the Children -- Text TWISTER to 20222 to donate $10. You can donate online or call 1-800-728-3843.