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Imagine waking up tomorrow knowing that everything you have ever worked for was gone. Your home, car, office, and belongings have all been wiped off the face of the earth. This nightmare is a reality for hundreds of families in Moore, Oklahoma who lived through "the biggest, most destructive tornado in the history of the world" last night.
The tornado wiped out 30 square miles of a highly populated Oklahoma City suburb, leveling everything it touched to the ground. Many compared the storm to the devastating tornado that hit Moore on May 3, 1999, resulting in $1.1 billion in damages. Reporters estimate the damages for this one to be three to four times that much.Why am I posting this information on CompareWallet.com of all places? Because the people of Moore need our help. It will take months – possibly even years – for the town to get back to the way it was, and it's our job to help them rebuild as quickly as possible. Read on to learn more about the storm and ways your contributions can help. Simply sharing this post with other people will be a sign of support.
Important Highlights from the Storm
- 24 confirmed fatalities as of 5-21-2013
- 2 elementary schools were demolished by the tornado
- 7 children drowned in a school basement while trying to survive
- The storm barely missed a high school and middle school still in session
- Internal winds reached over 300 mph inside the tornado
- The debris cloud was over 2 miles wide during parts of the storm
- The twister went from nothing to an EF5 in a matter of an hour – as fast as the atmosphere could make it
- The tornado was on the ground for over 40 minutes, taking out 30 square miles of land and houses
Follow the Relief EffortsIf you want to learn more about the Moore Tornado, you can read updated news at KFOR.com, home of News Channel 4 in Oklahoma City. You can also watch a live stream of the news here. The Weather Channel and most national news channels are airing frequent reports about the storm as well, so keep an eye on your local news. For residents in Oklahoma, this may be all you see on TV for quite some time.
How You Can Help
If you want to help with the Moore tornado, there are several ways you can do that.For locals: The Salvation Army will have a truck at KFOR-TV taking donations starting 10 a.m. Tuesday. 444 E. Britton Rd
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Red Cross is also accepting volunteers. You must go through brief orientation before helping. Call 405-228-9500 for more info.To donate money:
Salvation Army – Text "storm" to 80888 to make a $10 donation, or donate here
Red Cross – Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or donate here
United Way – Donate here
Moore and Shawnee Tornado Relief Fund – Donate here
Pet Food Pantry of OKC (giving out leashes, pet food, etc) – Donate hereLearn about other ways to help through this post on KFOR.com.
I've lived in Oklahoma my entire life, and I have seen countless tornadoes in that time. Around here, we almost become numb to the idea of a twister touching down in the state. This storm was a breed all its own though. It formed so fast and caused such devastation that even the most jaded of Oklahomans have started taking notice. I cannot imagine what the victims are going through.
Our hearts go out to those families who have been affected by this storm and those who still don't know the true extent of the damages. For those of you reading who made it to the bottom of this post, thanks for taking the time to understand this tragedy for what it really is. Spread the word, help if you can, and cling close to your loved ones tonight. You never know what kind of terrors may be roaring in the wind.
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