Breaking News!!: Tornado hits Moore, Oklahoma.

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Breaking News!!: Moore, OK: Tornado hits Moore, Oklahoma. 

**** Updated at 11:30pm PT on Saturday, May 25th, 2013: ****


A community mourns well the clean up and recovery effort continues after a 2 mile wide tornado wiped out homes and schools in Moore, Oklahoma at around 3:30pm CT Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday upgraded the Monday’s tornado from a EF 4 to a EF 5 tornado.

Sunday morning, United States President Barack Obama is coming to Oklahoma to see the damage himself. 

According to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallinalso on Thursday, a memorial and prayer service will be held this weekend to honor tornado victims and the memorial and prayer service will be open to the public and is set for 6:00pm CT on Sunday, May 26th, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Moore located at 301 Northeast 27th Street in Moore, Oklahoma. 

Parking for the service will be at Plaza Mayor at The Crossroads (Formerly known as Crossroads Mall) located at 7000 Crossroads Blvd in Moore, Oklahoma. 

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** You can watch the special memorial service in its entirety on Sunday, May 26th, 2013 beginning at 6:00pm CT at the following NBC affiliated KFOR Channel 4 website address: **

http://kfor.com/on-air/live-streaming/ 

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The Medical Examiners Office in Oklahoma is reporting 24 people confirmed dead in Moore, Oklahoma. The death toll number is expected to rise. 

According to Amy Ellis with the Medical Examiners Office in Oklahoma, of the 24 people confirmed dead, 9 are children with 7 children were from the Plaza Towers Elementary School and 2 more were elsewhere.

3 people died at the 7-Eleven Store which was located on the corner of 4th Street and Telephone Road where a woman and her 3 month old baby were trying to take shelter inside of a freezer. 

On Tuesday, The Medical Examiners Office in Oklahoma released the names of some of the victims in Monday’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma:

The Medical Examiners Office in Oklahoma are not releasing eight victims’ identities pending family notification.

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** The following are the names of the 24 people who died in Monday’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma: **

**** Additional information about the 24 people who died in Monday’s tornado in Moore, Oklahoma was obtain from Legacy.com (http://www.legacy.com/), Vondel L Smith and Sons Mortuary (http://vondelsmith.frontrunnerpro.com/), Dignity Memorial (http://www.dignitymemorial.com/), and NBC affiliated KFOR Channel 4 (http://kfor.com/ ). Website addresses are provided with more information about each person.****

– 4 month old Case Futrell:

Case Futrell was killed in the Moore tornado as he and his mother took shelter in a convenience store. 

His mother, Megan Futrell, picked him up from a babysitter and took cover in the store’s walk-in freezer.

Both died when the EF-5 tornado destroyed the building as the two tried to ride out the storm in the store’s walk-in freezer. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/NS/Obituary.aspx?pid=164927272 

– 7 month old Sydnee Vargyas:

Just 7 months old, Sydnee Vargyas had crawled for the first time on Sunday. But she never really got to enjoy her newfound freedom. 

Sydnee Vargyas was huddled in the bathtub of her south Oklahoma City, Oklahoma home with her older sister, mother and grandmother as a tornado bore down on them. 

The strong winds pulled Sydnee Vargyas out of her mother’s grasp. 

When the debris stopped swirling, Laurinda Vargyas said she found Sydnee Vargyas on a driveway. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/oklahoma-tornado-victims/obituary.aspx?n=Sydnee-Vargyas&pid=164927291&ua=BE0VA6PUP38eY4JHyis60g%3D%3D 

– 4 year old Karrina Vargyas:

Karrina Vargyas was not quite old enough to be at school like her two older siblings. 

As the tornado approaches, Karrina Vargyas was at home huddled in a bathtub with her mother, younger sister and grandmother. 

Karrina Vargyas’ parents could not find Karrina Vargyas that night after the tornado threw both the women and children in different directions. 

Searchers had found Karrina Vargyas’s body in the rubble of what had been a neighbor’s house. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/oklahoma-tornado-victims/obituary.aspx?n=Karrina-Vargyas&pid=164927309&ua=%2B5vagr%2BwPFJOx4M0aEyW%2Fw%3D%3D 

– 8 year old Kyle Davis:

Kyle Davis was in the third grade at Plaza Towers Elementary School when the tornado came through Monday.

Kyle Davis loved to play soccer, Monster Jam Truck events, and riding 4-wheelers.

** More information at the following website address: **

http://kfor.com/2013/05/24/tornado-victims-remembered-kyle-davis/ 

– 9 year old Janae Hornsby:

Janae Hornsby was a student at Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Janae Hornsby loved to draw and sing. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://kfor.com/2013/05/24/tornado-victims-remembered-janae-hornsby/ 

– 9 year old Antonia Canderaria:

Antonia Canderaria was a beautiful young lady who could find the positive, good, and joy in everything. 

Antonia Canderaria was never afraid to speak up or try anything.

Antonia Canderaria would randomly say or point out things that would help others see and understand things in a positive light no matter what the situation was.

Antonia Candelaria was a student at Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Antonia Candelaria loved art and music

** More information at the following website address: **

http://vondelsmith.frontrunnerpro.com/book-of-memories/1588418/Antonia-Candelaria/obituary.php 

– 9 year old Sydney Angle: 

Sydney Angle played softball and was in Plaza Towers Elementary School during the EF-5 tornado.

Sydney Angle recently became a pitcher for her team and was just named MVP last weekend.

** More information at the following website address: **

http://kfor.com/2013/05/24/tornado-victims-remembered-sydney-angle/ 

– 9 year old Emily Conatzer:

Emily Conatzer loved unicorns, Lady Gaga and dreamed of one day traveling to Paris to become a fashion designer. 

Emily Conatzer died at Plaza Towers Elementary with 7 other children, including her best friend Antonia Candelaria. 

Emily Conatzer was also a gifted dancer who could sing, “Time Warp” in its entirety.

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/NS/Obituary.aspx?pid=164927492 

– 9 year old Nicolas McCabe:

Nicolas McCabe was born to parents Scott and Stacey McCabe on June 4, 2004 in Moore, Oklahoma.

Nicolas McCabe was a bright young man with an ornery grin who adored his family and friends at Plaza Towers Elementary. 

Nicolas McCabe loved Legos, country music, and going to the lake where he desired to have his own “Pontoon boat” one day. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?n=nicolas-mccabe&pid=164935458&fhid=22580#fbLoggedOut 

– 9 year old Christopher Legg:

Christopher Legg’s years were defined by courage in the face of daunting illness. 

Christopher Legg loved to play sports. 

Christopher Legg was among the children inside Plaza Towers when the tornado hit. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/oklahoma-tornado-victims/obituary.aspx?n=Christopher-Legg&pid=164927957&ua=9zCrd7iLbU7L%2Fco3n4ow0g%3D%3D 

– 29 year old Megan Futrell:

Megan Futrell and her 4 month old son, Case Futrell, were killed in the Monday’s tornado. 

Megan Futrell had picked up her son Case Futrell from a babysitter and took shelter at a convenience store during the tornado.

Both died when the EF-5 tornado destroyed the building as the two tried to ride out the storm in the store’s walk-in freezer. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/NS/Obituary.aspx?pid=164927786 

– 38 year old Jenny Neely:

Jenny Neely was a great loving caring mother whose first love was her two sons.

Jenny Neely also had a heart for animals and she loved every stray dog she ever met.

Jenny Neely was a nurse at Midwest City Nursing Center and had spent most of her career working in the health care industry and was also described as athletic and a person who enjoyed working out.

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/oklahoma-tornado-victims/obituary.aspx?n=Jenny-Neely&pid=164928088&ua=y3YKWA8kdw%2BOWLgKMsYQGA%3D%3D 

– 39 year old Randy Smith:

Randy Smith grew up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

Randy Smith attended U.S. Grant High School and worked as an electrician by trade. 

Randy Smith enjoyed playing video games and watching movies with his son Dylan, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?pid=164935456#fbLoggedOut 

– 40 year old Shannon Quick:

Shannon Quick spent a lot of time watching her sons’ baseball games. Shannon Quick loved cooking and was known for putting together a tasty Crock-Pot dinner for her family. 

Shannon Quick had been married to Mike Quick since 1995.

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/oklahoma-tornado-victims/obituary.aspx?n=Shannon-Quick&pid=164928141&ua=LdkkDUXbT0O2SqaPLdJHow%3D%3D 

– 41 year old Richard Brown: ** Checking Information. **

– 45 year old Cindy Plumley:

Cindy Plumley’s family was her life and she enjoyed spending every moment she had with her children and grandchildren. 

Cindy Plumley was an LPN and worked at the Veteran’s Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

** More information at the following website address: **

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Cindy-Plumley&lc=7370&pid=164931722&mid=5541288 

– 45 year old Tewauna Robinso: ** Checking Information. **

– 46 year old Leslie Johnson: ** Checking Information. **

– 49 year old Terri Long:

Terri Long grew up in Nicoma Park, Oklahoma with her two younger brothers, Darry Brewer of Oklahoma City and Garry Brewer of Orlando, Florida. 

Terri Long graduated from Mount St. Mary’s High School in 1981. 

Terri Long was a proud member of the Moore community, along with her husband Kenneth Long. 

Terri Long was a longtime employee of the Federal Aviation Administration in the Registration Division at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center. 

Terri Long loved traveling, photography, anything Harley Davidson, and helping others. She loved to read and camped out to see the Twilight series with her daughters. 

Terri Long was a tireless volunteer for many causes including many of her daughter’s school functions. 

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?n=TERRI-LONG&pid=164935465#fbLoggedOut 

– 51 year old Gina Stromski: ** Checking Information. **

– 54 year old Rick Jones: ** Checking Information. **

– 63 year old William Sass: ** Checking Information. **

– 65 year old Hemant Bhonde: 

Hemant Bhonde was a kind man who made friends easily and would do anything to help anybody out.

Hemant Bhonde was funny, silly, and would give you the shirt off his back.

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/oklahoma-tornado-victims/obituary.aspx?n=Hemant-Bhonde&pid=164927138&ua=Ug5G9HjCUSBxuGHrFUcojw%3D%3D 

– 70 year old Deanna Ward:

Deanna Ward was described by her daughter, Shelly Irvin, as the “best mom in the world.” 

Deanna Ward died inside the closet of her home while holding hands with her son. 

Deanna Ward’s son survived.

** More information at the following website address: **

http://www.legacy.com/memorial-sites/oklahoma-tornado-victims/obituary.aspx?n=Deanna-Ward&pid=164928215&ua=EBdkE7SchJLiMi5CtbgYZQ%3D%3D 

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At least 300 people are confirmed to be been injured in and around Moore, Oklahoma are injured by the tornado.

According to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma, Monday’s death toll which was reported to be a 51 then later up to 91 may have been inflated because of double reporting the fatalities.

The Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma is asking families to come forward to identify the other 8 victims in the tornado. Families are asked to call: 1 (405) 239-7141. 

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallinalso is telling residents that they can return to their property to collect their belongings and what is salvageable, and also start removing minor debris from their property. Small debris can be moved to the curb and the small debris will be picked up. 

According to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallinalso on Wednesday, at least 33,000 residents remain without power and there is problems with communications in the area.

According to Moore Schools Superintendent Susan Pierce said on Thursday, “We will rebuild and we will reopen and we will have school in August.” 

According to Moore Schools Superintendent Susan Pierce said on Thursday that residents have questions regarding school related items can contact the Moore Public Schools District at: 1 (405) 735 4200. 

Moore, Oklahoma schools is setting up a command center at Moore High School. 

According to Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Spokeswoman Terri Watkins, it was far too soon to account for the devastation of the storm. 

Moore police took the 2 men and woman into custody facing misdemeanor charges for looting a disaster. 

The United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes beginning May 18, 2013, and continuing. 

During a news conference on Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said, “We are here to stay. On behalf of President Obama, we are here to stay until the recovery is complete.” 

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday, United States President Barack Obama will be visiting tornado damaged communities in Oklahoma on Sunday.

United States President Barack Obama spoke on Tuesday about the tragic disaster in Moore, Oklahoma sating, “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away to recover from the powerful tornado.” 

Blake Shelton has organized and will be headline the telethon for victims of Monday’s tornado. 

The “Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert” will be held on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

The concert will be televised live at 9:00pm ET on NBC and will also air on cable networks Style, G4, Bravo, E!, and CMT on either a live or delayed basis.

Grammy Award winning artists Miranda Lambert, Reba Mcentire, and Vince Gill will be also performing and additional guests for the concert will be announced soon.

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** In the aftermath of the Monday’s tornado, people from all over the country have taken to YouTube to inspire hope through song. Here are a few of the videos from YouTube: **

– “Oklahoma Strong (Original)” by Johannah Walker:

http://youtu.be/AXbJp3evIE0

– “We’re Oklahoma” by Siarah King:

http://youtu.be/zhruWXWVwWc

– “Oklahoma Strong” by Rebekah Willoughby:

http://youtu.be/rD_GzSZhJJc 

– “I Pray” by Steve Hosteltler:

http://youtu.be/zqMhXXVuoAQ

– “Oklahoma” by Kelcie Wolf:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M53Md6XsOI&feature=share&list=UUu-biy7qCypNHoi2XLEHUzA 

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According to the National Weather Service, the tornado that slammed the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area tore through a 17-mile path. The National Weather Service said survey crews indicated that the twister began 4.4 miles west of Newcastle, Oklahoma and ended 4.8 miles east of Moore, Oklahoma.

A emergency alert warning of the tornado coming gave those in the tornado’s path at least 19 minutes to get to safe.

As the tornado pass east into Moore, Oklahoma, traffic on Interstate 35 was reportedly stop by law enforcement to keep people out of the tornado’s path.

Monday’s tornado wiped out neighborhoods, trailer parks, horse farm, schools, banks, post office, businesses, and other structures including the local hospital.

Emergency crews are setting a search and rescue area in the Warren Theater parking lot.

A search and rescue was happening at the Warren Theater building in Moore, Oklahoma.

At least 10,000 customers are still without power; that’s down from about 37,000. 

NBC affiliated KFOR Channel 4 News Reporter Lance West talked to a husband whose wife ran to the school to get her daughters and was forced to ride out the tornado inside the school after being told that they could not leave for the tornado was too close. After riding the tornado inside a school’s girls restroom, they were rescued and ran out of the school. Both the mother and her daughter went to a local hospital were they were treated for bumps and bruises. 

Sadly, a father who was seen searching all night for his daughter didn’t find out until the next day that his daughter was killed in Plaza Towers Elementary School during the Monday’s tornado.

The single father who also lost his home in a nearby neighborhood by the tornado said he was running errands in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma when he got word about the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

Our thoughts go out to the family, friends, and the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

May we all come together with the people of Moore, Oklahoma and help the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

The United States of America and the globe are with the people of Moore, Oklahoma.

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**** Facilities opening up their doors for storm displaced residents: ****

– University of Oklahoma – student housing (Norman)

– Oklahoma Baptist University – student housing (Shawnee)

– Graceway Baptist Church, located at 1100 S.W. 104th in Oklahoma City.

– Oakcrest Church of Christ at 1111 S.W. 89th Street in Moore.

– Victory Church, located 4300 North MacArthur in Oklahoma City.

– Journey Church in Norman I-35 and Tecumseh Road is open as a shelter.

– Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church, located at 801 N.E. 5th St. Oklahoma City.

– St. Andrews Church, located at S.W. 119th and May.

– Trinity Church of the Nazarene is open as an emergency shelter. It is located at 7301 S. Walker, just on the north side of I-240.

**** Red Cross Shelter Locations: ****

– Moore Community Center
201 S. Howard
Moore OK

– Newcastle Storm Shelter
851 N Carr
Newscastle

– Absentee Shawnee Tribe Little Axe Resource Center
Carney Senior Center
301 E Maple
Carney

– Shawnee Athletic Center
(Shawnee High School)
1001 North Kennedy
Shawnee, OK

– Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Those impacted by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma can call 1-800-621-FEMA for further assistance.

You can find more information regarding Moore, Oklahoma Tornado on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website at: 

http://www.fema.gov/ 

– Oklahoma Official:

According to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, the state has established a website where people can get information on services available to people affected by the storm.

More information on services available to people affected by the storm is at:

http://www.ok.gov/okstrong/

– American Red Cross:

If you are searching for loved ones or want to let family and friends know you are alright, please go to the American Red Cross Safe and Well website at: 

https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php 

If you would like to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma, please go to the American Red Cross website at: 

http://www.redcross.org/ 

You can help tornado victims by donating to the American Red Cross by texting, “REDCROSS” to “90999” on your wireless device or cellular phone. 

– Feed the Children:

Feed the Children is accepting donations of diapers, canned goods, sports drinks and water at their location on 29 North McCormick, their McCormick Distribution Center. 

– Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army will have a truck at the KFOR-TV Channel 4 taking donations starting 10:00am CT on Tuesday. 

444 E. Britton Rd. 

Oklahoma City, OK 73114 

NO CLOTHES PLEASE Donate: 

Text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

– United Way of Central Oklahoma: 

United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open. 

Donations may be made online at: www.unitedwayokc.org 

You can mail to:

United Way of Central Oklahoma, 

P.O. Box 837, 

Oklahoma City, OK 73101 

With notation for May Tornado Relief.

– Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee:

Contributions to the Moore & Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund can be made securely online at: 

www.TulsaCF.org 

Donations can also be mailed to: 

TCF offices at 7030 S. Yale, Suite 600, 

Tulsa, OK, 74136.

– Animal Resource Center:

Lost animals: If you find displaced animals, you can take them to the Animal Resource Center at 7949 S. I-35 Service Rd. 

1 (405) 604-2892. 

They are also offering displaced people shelter for the night as well.

– The Pet Food Pantry of OKC:

Animal aid: The Pet Food Pantry of OKC is offering dog food, cat food, leashes, collars, food bowls, etc to those in need. 

1 (405) 664-2858 or www.petfoodpantryokc.org 

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****

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Live streaming news coverage can be watched at the following NBC affiliated KFOR Channel 4 website address:

http://kfor.com/on-air/live-streaming/ 

Follow the tornado weather news coverage on Twitter by using the following Twitter hashtags: 

#SendAid #HelpMooreOK #MooreOK #Moore #Oklahoma #MooreTornado #MooreOKTornado 

Map with more information can be viewed at the following Google Crisis Response website address:

http://google.org/crisismap/2013-oklahoma-tornado

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