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Oklahoma tornado track, rating, donations and other information

May 21, 2013 - 03:08 PM
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We'll continue to update this blog with the latest information as we learn more about the Moore, OK tornado.

Donations:

I wanted to share this first and foremost. You can donate to the Red Cross primarily but if you search around, some businesses will even match your donation. One of those is the National Storm Shelters LLC who tweeted earlier that they will match donations sent through their Red Cross Page Here.

Other Red Cross Resources:

Find more quick help resources from the Red Cross here. Did you know there was a tornado app from the Red Cross to let people know you are safe after the storm has passed?

Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donating Blood:

The Red Cross stands ready to help meet the blood needs of patients in and around Oklahoma City if needed, and there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet patient demands. The Red Cross is a secondary supplier of blood products to hospitals in the affected area in Oklahoma. People with type O negative blood are encouraged to give blood when they are able. All eligible blood donors can schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting www.redcrossblood.org to help ensure blood is available when people need it.

Here is a look at the track of the tornado. It first touched down at 2:56pm and finally roped out at 3:36pm with a path length of 17 miles and a preliminary damage rating at EF-4 intensity.

The National Weather Service office in Norman, OK is continuing to do the damage survey today and will probably continue working on it tomorrow before putting out the final assesment. They will continue to keep updating their page on the tornado here.

You can also stay up to date with the NWS Norman Public Information Statement found here. The latest statement continues to show EF-4 damage with estimated winds of 190 mph, though they said they will continue to update as the teams complete their surveys.

Right after I write that, this was put out by the NWS Norman twitter page, "@NWSNorman: At least one area of EF-5 damage was found by survey crews. Details to follow later. #okwx", so updates will be made soon.

 

List of F5 and EF5 tornadoes since 1950 - Note how the map is cut off as there haven't been any reported that strong east of the Appalachians.

Photos:

Here is a look at the tornado as it first developed and rapidly intensified from a storm chaser and former NWS Huntsville Meteorologist.

 

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