May 20th, 2013
MOORE, Okla. (AP) â€” The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says 37 people have been killed by a tornado that hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is expected to rise. Elliott didn't know how many of those killed were children.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Officials at two hospitals say they're treating nearly 60 patients, including more than a dozen children, after a massive tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City.
Integris Southwest Medical Center spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY'-ot) said 10 of 37 patients being treated at that facility Monday are listed in critical condition. Twelve are in serious and 15 others are listed in fair or good condition.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has deployed 80 Oklahoma National Guard members to assist with search and rescue operations in the hardest hit areas of Moore.
Fallin said Monday the troops will also help establish a perimeter around some of the most devastated areas in the Oklahoma City suburb. Moore suffered a direct hit from a major tornado.
Fallin also spoke Monday with President Barack Obama who offered the nation's help and gave Fallin a direct line to his office.
MOORE, Okla. (AP) â€” Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb.
An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado hit the region.
Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were passed down a human chain and taken to a triage center set up in the school's parking lot.
The school is southwest of Oklahoma City. Its roof appears mangled and the walls had fallen in or had collapsed.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA EFFECTIVE UNTIL 10 P.M.
PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE SEVERAL TORNADOES POSSIBLE, NUMEROUS LARGE HAIL EVENTS LIKELY WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER. NUMEROUS DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH. LIKELY.
THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 115 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF GROVE OKLAHOMA TO 40 MILES EAST OF WICHITA FALLS TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
Ruth Alice Garrett, 90, died May 16, 2013, in Poteau.
She was born Aug. 7, 1922, in Palestine, Texas, to C.S. and Myrtle (Hughes) Carter. Ruth was the 12th of 13 children and the last to part this earth. She retired from civil service after more than 30 years, working for low-income housing in Talihina. In addition, she worked for lawyers and did taxes for more than 50 years. She was a dedicated member of Prairie Grove Baptist Church for some 70 years.
Jessie Lee Milburn, 62, of Shady Point died Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jessie was born in California on Sept. 30, 1951. She was proceeded in death by both parents and grandparents.
Bill R. Montgomery, 48, of Poteau died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Poteau. Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at Evans Chapel of Memories.Â You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.