Oklahoma Tornado Live Feed - "This Is About The Worst Damage I Have Ever Seen"

Tyler Durden's picture

The devastation from what is being described as a mile-wide tornado is horrifying according to local news. The live feed and raw footage of the aftermath suggests casualty rates will be significantly higher as the evening progresses...

Via CNN,

TULSA, Oklahoma - A huge tornado touched down on Monday near Oklahoma City, and the National Weather Service urged residents to immediately take cover as a massive storm system in the middle of the country threatened to pummel as many as 10 states.


"The tornado on the ground right now is huge and has hit through populated areas," Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on CNN. She said it was too early to know the extent of the damage, but live television showed extensive destruction in the area.


Social media is using the hashtag #OKWX


Via @NickSleem24

Via @TimBuckleyWX


Via @alastormspotter



Raw footage of the aftermath (via The Globe And Mail)

and the Live Feed is here:


So is it time to petition Congress to finally ban tornadoes? If one goes according to the mortality of the 10 deadliest tornadoes, the answer is a resounding yes. Via AP, here is  a list of the 10 deadliest tornadoes in the United States since 1900:

  • 695 deaths. March 18, 1925, in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
  • 216 deaths. April 5, 1936, in Tupelo, Miss.
  • 203 deaths. April 6, 1936, in Gainesville, Ga.
  • 181 deaths. April 9, 1947, in Woodward, Okla.
  • 158 deaths. May 22, 2011, in Joplin, Mo.
  • 143 deaths. April 24, 1908, in Amite, La., and Purvis, Miss.
  • 116 deaths. June 8, 1953, in Flint, Mich.
  • 114 deaths. May 11, 1953 in Waco, Texas.
  • 114 deaths. May 18, 1902 in Goliad, Texas.
  • 103 deaths. March 23, 1913, in Omaha, Neb.

Then again, few things are as short-term stimulative for the economy as violent outbursts of nature, so let's not be rash here...

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TeamDepends's picture

just when he said the tornado

is now located at and moving at miles per hour

the television set went black

black as the sky black as death

black as all hell outside

black as the closet we groped into

falling all down with blankets and dresses

clutching each other our hearts pounding

loud as the pounding of the wind on the windows

gasping for breath holding our breath

like the wind outside roaring and pausing

then the great chunking of the short thunder

imprisoned in the small black animal

of a cloud rushing among the oak trees

went on east we heard it go we heard it talking

to the people in the eastern houses

and we sat still holding each other

still a long time in the black closet

slow to come back from the black

from the death in the teeth of the tornado


Norman H. Russell, "The Tornado"










Sudden Debt's picture


America spends trillions on defending their homeland....

and wind is what tears it upside down....

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

The most destructive wind is the hot air that emanates from inside of the I-495 beltway.

edifice's picture

The terr'ist tornadoes hate us for our freedom.

A Nanny Moose's picture

If freedom generates the hate, then what exactly remains to be hated?

LetThemEatRand's picture

"America spends trillions on defending their homeland....

and wind is what tears it upside down...."

The odds of being injured or killed by a tornado are probably almost infinitely higher than being injured or killed by a terrorist or by information "leaked" to the AP.  We all must give up our freedoms to protect against the latter, yet somehow people understand that the former is just one of those things we all risk being alive.  People are strange.

Jack Burton's picture

Corporate America feasts on these so called defense dollars, when the American people need real help, the money and the manpower is occupying Muslim countries where the people want us the fuck out!

Now how much sense does that make? None. But the corporate pig men are feasting on our tax dollars and our printed funny money.

This is just the beginning. Nobody wants to admit it, but the extreme weather is already spiraling out of control. We know why. More heat in the atmosphere means more energy. Simple equation. Hang on to your hats. Sandy was a warm up, this tornado is a sign of things to come.

There is plenty of data to show the rise in extreme weather events, it is a small change now, but it can be measured, it will get worse. But we must not mention why or those Koch brothers will sick FOX news on us.

All in all, America is fast becoming a fucking joke. Many survivors are so fat they can hardly move without injuries. I see them on the news coverage. Massive humans. Their health costs will destroy America as fast as the extreme weather. Hard times a coming. You can book that!

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You might want to look into 'Weaponizing the weather'.  Its something the military has been interested in for some time.

Not saying this tornado was such a case, just saying that 'extreme weather' is a very convenient pretext for a nation that uses the weather as a weapon against an enemy (say, to cause a severe drought, flood, etc.)

Nikao7's picture

It's a "solar system" phenomenon. Via.......

Spirit Science and Metaphysics

The scientific proof that shows this is not just another ordinary time in history is when we look to the dramatic interplanetary climate change that has taken place within our solar system. Our solar system is undergoing MASSIVE changes. Mainstream publicly released studies by NASA show that earth changes are not unique to this planet alone, but in fact are occurring everywhere throughout the entire solar system within the last few decades:

- the sun has had more activity since 1940 than in the previous 1150 years, combined

- Mercury is having magnetic tornadoes and has had unexpected polar ice discovered, along with a surprisingly strong intrinsic magnetic field … for a supposedly “dead” planet

- Venus has had a 2500% increase in auroral brightness, and substantive global atmospheric changes in less than 30 years

- Mars is having “Global Warming,” huge storms, development of new clouds and disappearance of polar icecaps

- Jupiter has had an over 200% increase in brightness of surrounding plasma clouds

- Saturn has had a major decrease in equatorial jet stream velocities in only ~20 years, accompanied by surprising surge of X-rays from equator

- Uranus is experiencing “Really big, big changes” in brightness, increased global cloud activity

- Neptune has had a 40% increase in atmospheric brightness

- Pluto has 300% increase in atmospheric pressure and is heating up, even as Pluto recedes farther from the Sun

What is happening to the sun? Are we moving into a more energetic area within the galaxy that operates at a higher vibrational resonance? Why is the sun, earth and all other planets experiencing massive changes never seen before? We and the universe are evolving at an exponential rate.

What is interesting is that Jesus predicted this would happen in the Bible, and noted it as one of the signs of his second coming (whether this be literal, or metaphorically within each one of us): 

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken." - Luke 21:25-26

http://www.cnn.com/2012/ 10/25/world/saturn-gas-storm/












http://www.brown.edu/Administration/News_Bureau/1998-99/98-001.html " Scientists don’t know yet how to explain what’s happening on Io.”

http://www-ssc.igpp.ucla.edu/personnel/russell/papers/Io_Jovian/ "The plasma phenomena seen from Galileo (in Jupiter’s magnetic field in 1995) were, in general, not unexpected, but their strength exceeded expectations. The plasma was denser than expected in the torus and in the wake region. The wave amplitudes were greater than expected.”


I posted so many references because people were doubting the credibility of this information. It's actually a fascinating phenomenon.


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Wrong!  It's all George Bush's fault!


Ident 7777 economy's picture

Crap; take a meteo course why don't ya ...

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

Well, if jesus said it then that's as much proof as I'll need.

Just to put my mind at ease though can you confirm the following:

1. Were these the exact words, verbatim, that jesus said.

2. Have these words been subject to change over the intervening 2000 years since they were allegedly uttered.

3. If nothing happens in the next several billion years will these words still be pertinent when the sun exhausts all it's nuclear fuel and expands into a red giant engulfing the earth.

4. Do you think it reasonable to blindly accept anything written in any book that has been subject to thousands upon thousands of revisions and translations.

5. Do you envision some time in the future that human beings develope the level of education, maturity and self assuredness where they don't feel compelled to quote bronze age text and instead reference modern scientific studies, journals and research. 

6. Do you, yourself, ever envisage gaining this level of intellectual maturity.

Nikao7's picture

I didn't paste all of that up there for the 2 sentences mentioning Jesus.  It was for the info concerning climate change in the solar system.  Get a life

James_Cole's picture

There is plenty of data to show the rise in extreme weather events, it is a small change now, but it can be measured, it will get worse. But we must not mention why or those Koch brothers will sick FOX news on us.

Actually the Koch brothers are all for this now - just don't mention alternative energies - geo-engineering they love. 

The conversation on climate change has suddenly moved from "is it happening and are humans responsible?" to "it's happening and humans are responsible but don't worry the same people who have been denying it the whole time now have the solution."

LetThemEatRand's picture

Along the same lines, I recall quite clearly that the same people who said there is no climate change and who accused the evil scientists of creating a grand lie to obtain grants, now say there is measurable climate change but it is caused by sun spots.  And the same people who believed these guys the first go around happily get behind them as they shift and pivot in the most obviously self-interested way.  You can't fix stupid or blind ideology.  It is -- by definition -- blind.

Things that go bump's picture

We aren't the only planet with melting ice caps you know. Mars has a problem with that too. I am sure they are also blaming human activity.

LetThemEatRand's picture

And when the Koch brothers change their tune again I'm sure you'll pick up the next explanation with ideological glee.

Sorry to confuse you with science, but read this:  "

A Nanny Moose's picture

Of course not. I would speculate that Mars will ultimately be revealed as having once been a lush green planet, until a global warming scare only climate fascists could love, resulted in control of its climate being handed over to the government czars. The outcome, of course is the Red Planet we have come to know and love. /snark -off

Beyond that, your argument is one of false dichotomy and poison well form of ad hom. If you are going to make such claims, you need to present some data. Not editorial. Not habitually incorrect models, Not pretty graphs showing 150-200 year timelines, "hockey sticks" from 320ppm to 380 ppm, and certainly not "scientists" whose paychecks are predicated on using the guns of Gubmint to coerce their paychecks from a frightened, thus more compliant population.



LetThemEatRand's picture

"Beyond that, your argument is one of false dichotomy and poison well form of ad hom. If you are going to make such claims, you need to present some data. Not editorial."  You do see the irony in your words as you offer no data at all and make blanket accusations that apparently all scientists will say anything for a grant, unlike my post which points to a scientific article?  Well done.

James_Cole's picture

Man, don't argue idiotic deniers on climate change. 


On the topic though I do think a mainstream conversation will bubble up soon about how climate change science is 'finally' in consensus and .gov + corporate friends have come up with a great solution - geo-engineering. It's a fascist / corporate wet dream to be able to control the climate to some extent. 

And the mindless drones in denial over climate change now will be the first ones to take up the torches to fight it through geo-engineering with the end result certain to be widely devastating. 


I'm sure they'll get on that whole 'protecting the most vulnerable' thing right away. 


LetThemEatRand's picture

"Man, don't argue idiotic deniers on climate change."

Yeah, brick wall comes to mind.  

James_Cole's picture

In Jerusalem a journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Wailing Wall to pray, twice a day, everyday, for a very long time.

"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years"

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a fucking wall" 

John_Coltrane's picture

The ocean is the great repository of most excess solar heat, not the air which has 1000x less heat capacity than water.  Just compare the temperature changes in a desert (night vs day) to that  near a body of water (huge night day variation in a desert, very small changes near the ocean.   This is the advantage of actually understanding thermodynamics, the hydrologic (water) cycle and other scientific concepts coupled with the power of observation.  The hydrologic water cycle (clouds, rain, oceans) controls all the imporant heat transfer process, climate and weather in the lower troposphere.

kchrisc's picture

We NEED wind control now! Take the wind from the hands of the untrained and unprofessional. Also limit the amount of wind per person to lessen the damage that any one person can do with it. If there had been "wind-control" in OKC there would have been less destruction and possibly no destruction. And the poor children of OKC: "Do it for the children!"

No one needs this much wind to only fly a kite or keep cool.

This is not an attempt to "confiscate" your wind, but to limit access to the wind to those best able to handle the wind and to keep the wind out of the hands of those deemed not of right mind to handle the wind.


Buck Johnson's picture

Because we don't spend nearly enough on our countries infrastructure.  If we did we would have better early warning systems and even new technology to  help break up tornados if they approach a community.

Troll Magnet's picture

Man...Life is so fragile.  Time to take the kids to the park and create some memories.

Cursive's picture

@Troll Magnet

Had a blast making homemade soap with my youngest yesterday.

TrustWho's picture

you used your youngest's fat to make soap. Damn, times are getting tough!

Taint Boil's picture



Tornado hits elementary school …?!?!…. I just got a big punch in the gut and an ice pick in my heart .. please let them be OK, our children are the only innocent and pure asset we have.

Ident 7777 economy's picture

TWO of them, actually; one was impacted worse than the other however ...

Jack Burton's picture

I have already created a huge supply of memories with my daughter. Fuck the rat race and the greed mongering. We spent time together on canoe trips in the wildernees, playing ball in the pasture, watching stupid movies together and poking fun at them, ignoring the bitchy woman of the house and laughing behind here back, many, many more. It is the only way to live a life worth having. I hope everybody puts their kids first they are why we live our lives, no?

thismarketisrigged's picture

my thoughts and prayers are with the people who were effected by this tornado in the okc area

otto skorzeny's picture

This will get a few minutes on the news- Hurricane Sandy we had to hear about for weeks.

lolmao500's picture

A better pic...



And it wasn't just 1 mile wide... it was at it's biggest 2.25 miles wide... it was very big... Kids are trapped under the debris at the school.

A bank, daycare and a 711 were wiped out... man, woman and kid found dead in the 711.

BREAKING : they just found dead kids at the school... :(

More pics.





The daycare :


lolmao500's picture

Radio reports of people using social media asking for help to be dug out from rubble. @nbcnightlynews

COMANCHE, TX area should be in tornado shelter now

lolmao500's picture

Comparaison Google Map VS Post-tornado... WOW...


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

That is one of the best uses for a smartphone I have ever heard...

YBNguy's picture

Krugman is just salvating about his Sunday column that will refelct on the devestation as a stimulus to the local economy.

Long tornados!

Proofreder's picture

Stupidity combined with a sick mind

is an awesome thing indeed -

one of the infinites of the universe.


fuu's picture

Man that elementary school is a mess.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

It's like a mile-wide belt sander touched down there.

fuu's picture

70 3rd graders and teachers cowering in the hallway when the building shattered.

Cursive's picture


Gringo Viejo's picture

Again we learn that life is tenuous at best.

Catullus's picture

And already HuffPo has the politicians reactions. Holy fuvk we need to stop worshipping these people. Not everything needs to go through them. Maybe Obama will fly over it and someone can get a picture of him looking down at the devastation. Then he'll land with his sleeves rolled up and some bullshit about rebuilding and some head knodding.

Were people allowed to go into their shelters with food or do only "prepper, conspiracy nutjobs" do that?

lolmao500's picture

Obama is calling for tornadoes control?

kchrisc's picture

Like I wrote in another post earlier today:

They are just the top thieves not "leaders."           hujel