Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Posted by Matthew at 5:45 AM
A lot of sad news out of Oklahoma this morning. The death toll is up and is expected to rise further.
Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore was reduced to a pile of twisted metal and toppled walls. Rescue workers were able to pull several children from the rubble, but on Monday evening crews were still struggling to cut through fallen beams and clear debris amid reports that dozens of students were trapped. At Briarwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City, on the border with Moore, cars were thrown through the facade and the roof was torn off.
“Numerous neighborhoods were completely leveled,” Sgt. Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department said by telephone. “Neighborhoods just wiped clean.”
Monday, May 20, 2013
Posted by Aurelius at 9:15 PM
A horrible, horrible day. From ABC:
The latest – at a glance:
Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s Office tells ABC News at least 10 dead.
Sixty patients admitted to area hospitals – 10 in a critical condition at Ingris Health Southwest.
Two schools badly hit – Briarwood Elementary School and Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Preliminary assessment by National Weather Service puts tornado at EF-4 with winds of up to 200 mph.
Emergency Management Office says tornado cut a 12 mile swath through an area from Newcastle to Moore, Okla.
Posted by Mr. K at 9:13 PM
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm isn't just ready for a Hillary 2016 campaign, she's "rarin’ to get going on her campaign," as she became the highest Democrat official to embrace the Ready for Clinton super-pac that is beginning to accept donations for a potential Clinton bid in just three years.
This comes after a New Hampshire poll last month that showed Clinton not only leading the potential 2016 field, but massacring every possible Democrat candidate by fifty or more percentage points, including Vice-President Joe Biden who was the candidate Granite State Democrats were least likely to support.
With civil war in Syria and too many political scandals coming out of Washington right now, I'm not really concerned with Hillary Clinton's supporters gearing up for her to possibly run, especially with it two years away from the start of primary campaign season and three from the general election.
But it does make things rather interesting.
What say you?
Posted by Aurelius at 9:03 PM
Simply horrible. From CBS:
A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. At least 51 people were reported killed, according to CBS News.
KFOR-TV reports that up to 24 children are believed dead at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore and that it has turned into a search and recovery effort. The storm tore off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal. Several children were pulled alive from the rubble, however. Rescue workers passed the survivors down a human chain to a triage center in the parking lot.
At least seven of the children drowned after being found at the bottom of a pool at Plaza Towers, according to KFOR.
The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, south of the city. Block after block of the community lay in ruins. Homes were crushed into piles of broken wood. Cars and trucks were left crumpled on the roadside.