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Oklahoma City being hit by tornado now

The Warren Theater is in danger. Yikes.

by Anonymousreply 40912/02/2013

"You can't think or delay, you got to act. You got to act." -KGOR newscaster. Chilling.

by Anonymousreply 105/20/2013

This is pretty scary just watching it on MSNBC, that thing is huge.

by Anonymousreply 205/20/2013

It's YOU'VE got to act! There is always time for proper English.

by Anonymousreply 305/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 405/20/2013

You can't see it on the ground because the FCC mandated captions cover the bottom part of the screen.

by Anonymousreply 505/20/2013

If they named tornados, would this one be called Timothy?

by Anonymousreply 605/20/2013

It looks evil.

by Anonymousreply 705/20/2013

Shit. This is sickening. It's wicked bad.

by Anonymousreply 805/20/2013

On CNN's banner it says "tornado throwing homes in the air". Yikes.

by Anonymousreply 905/20/2013

Is it actually safe for news helicopters to be in the sky when conditions are ripe for tornadoes to pop up?

by Anonymousreply 1005/20/2013

It's "roped out" as it disappears...this is phenomenal to watch....

by Anonymousreply 1105/20/2013

Has Pat Robertson blamed it on all those Oklahoma gays yet?

by Anonymousreply 1205/20/2013

National Weather Service just tweeted:

[quote]Tornado could develop again at any time near Lake Stanley Draper! We are NOT in the clear yet! Stay alert!

Who is Stanley Draper? Don's father?

by Anonymousreply 1305/20/2013

I might start believing in God again if a tornado hit Jim Inhofe's home.

by Anonymousreply 1405/20/2013

It's the name of his bastard son played by James Wolk on the show.

by Anonymousreply 1505/20/2013

Well, I have been very pissed at them lately.

by Anonymousreply 1705/20/2013

Didn't Moore, OK, get wiped out a few years ago? God must really hate them.

by Anonymousreply 1805/20/2013

I'm gonna leave my daddy passed out drunk on the couch while I lock myself in the shelter.

by Anonymousreply 1905/20/2013

What's the Warren Theatre, OP?

by Anonymousreply 2105/20/2013

Thank God Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara got out of there years ago!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 2205/20/2013

Warren Theatre in OKC the same company as the ones in Wichita, Ks? If so, those are the NICEST, LUXURIOUS theatres I have ever seen. Those theatres are throw back to the golden age movie palaces.

by Anonymousreply 2305/20/2013

[quote]Thanks, Obama!

Well this will sort of shut down some of the "scandal" talk for a while. He'll have to visit there maybe and get some federal aid out there and that will only make his approval ratings rise (CNN has it at 79%, even WITH the scandals).

by Anonymousreply 2405/20/2013

Nearby Moore, OK is demolished per CNN

by Anonymousreply 2505/20/2013

Wolf said it's only getting worse....

by Anonymousreply 2605/20/2013

Holy shit, it was bad. THat elementary school was trashed.

by Anonymousreply 2705/20/2013

I wanted to see how many of those idiots are going to rebuild *again*.

Yeah, I'm a douche.

by Anonymousreply 2805/20/2013

Anderson, Erin, Piers and the entire CNN team will be there later. Oh, and Blitzer too. Wonder what the CNN bumper title will be?

by Anonymousreply 2905/20/2013

I think if I lived out there, I'd build an underground house.

by Anonymousreply 3005/20/2013

Watching on tv. terrible! those poor people. it looks totally leveled. fires everywhere. god help them all. eerie. scary.

by Anonymousreply 3205/20/2013

OKC is such a gritty city. It can only help when they have to rebuild.

by Anonymousreply 3305/20/2013

Those tornado images are really scary..

by Anonymousreply 3405/20/2013

[quote]I think if I lived out there, I'd build an underground house.

My father's family lived in tornado country in southern Illinois. All of the older houses had underground storm cellars very close to their kitchen doors.

by Anonymousreply 3505/20/2013

They're saying Meeker is next but on the map it looks like it's heading for Sparks.

by Anonymousreply 3605/20/2013

It's being described by storm watchers as [italic]two miles wide[/italic]! Jesus Christ, this is scary and I'm on the west coast.

by Anonymousreply 3705/20/2013

I had sex for the first time ever at Lake Draper (1994). Holy hell was it HOT. In the back of my boyfriend's blue Chevy Blazer in August, sweaty and naked. Adding to the intensity was the knowledge that there was a rapist on the loose in the area that summer, known as the Draper Raper.

by Anonymousreply 3805/20/2013

KFOR-TV is showing aerial footage of not just blocks, but entire tracts completely flattened. Massive.

by Anonymousreply 3905/20/2013

No cell phone coverage so they are not sure about the kids in that school that was wiped out. And all those horses, so sad.

by Anonymousreply 4005/20/2013

Local reporter says they are "pulling third graders" out of the school. I don't know what that means exactly, but it sounds horrible. He was distraught.

by Anonymousreply 4205/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 4305/20/2013

DL fav Sweet (ain't nobody got time for that!) Brown lives in OKC. Hope she's OK

by Anonymousreply 4405/20/2013

Kids trapped underneath debris at the school.

by Anonymousreply 4505/20/2013

Now you have me worried r44

by Anonymousreply 4605/20/2013

If only they'd all had guns!!

by Anonymousreply 4705/20/2013

Lando Hite is a hottie!

by Anonymousreply 4805/20/2013

He sure is. Looks hot all dirty and shirtless.

by Anonymousreply 4905/20/2013

Anderson and David Tyler Muir gonna bitch slap each other over who gets to interview Lando Hite tonight.

Ben? You in danger, girl.

by Anonymousreply 5005/20/2013

Photo of pileup... whoa.

by Anonymousreply 5105/20/2013

r48 Lando is pretty hot, the blonde reporter looks pretty hot too. He has nice pecs.

by Anonymousreply 5205/20/2013

The KFOR reporter (Adam Mertz) should have gotten shirtless too.

You know, like as a sign of solidarity, or something.

by Anonymousreply 5305/20/2013

Live interview on KFOR...trooper begging people to keep off the freeways and to stop taking pictures of the injured and destruction because the first responders can't get through because of,as she said,"looky-loos". KIds trapped in schools and we're got assholes tying up traffic while fucking around with their cameras

We're a nation of idiots.

by Anonymousreply 5405/20/2013

Wolf Blitzer said kids remain trapped in elementary school... this is really bad.

by Anonymousreply 5505/20/2013

Adam is from Ft Lauderdale, wonder if he has a bf?

by Anonymousreply 5605/20/2013

1st, 2nd and 3rd graders unaccounted for. Older kids are safe and have been moved.

by Anonymousreply 5705/20/2013

Cinder blocks.

by Anonymousreply 5805/20/2013

Jesus, look at the hospital entrance--blocked by a pileup of cars.

by Anonymousreply 5905/20/2013

I saw that the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders were accounted for on MSNBC, R57.

by Anonymousreply 6005/20/2013

R53, I saw him, too!!!! He was hot. I'm in the loves.

by Anonymousreply 6105/20/2013

there were two schools that were hit, right? Plaza Towers in Moore, OK and another elem. school in OKC.

by Anonymousreply 6205/20/2013

RIght, they're not talking about the other school. STill quite chaotic.

by Anonymousreply 6305/20/2013

I know I'm being a "Mary", but I'm upset about those kids. I just want all those kids to be safe.

PS: I have a couple of vodka tonics while I was waiting...

by Anonymousreply 6405/20/2013

This time-lapse video of the tornado (being tracked by a chopper) is insane.

by Anonymousreply 6505/20/2013

Lando Hite was not only hot, but actually pretty bright and descriptive. He had local grammar and vernacular, but I was impressed with his account. He could probably do much more with himself if he decides to go to school.

by Anonymousreply 6605/20/2013

There's no way anyone could get that footage of the tornado, unless they knew it was going to happen.

by Anonymousreply 6705/20/2013

[quote]I know I'm being a "Mary", but I'm upset about those kids. I just want all those kids to be safe.

Same. I hate to think about kids being hurt or upset.

by Anonymousreply 6805/20/2013

CNN's very own Chad Meyers just said it's not over... more on the way after dark.

by Anonymousreply 6905/20/2013

Well, if they wanted to be safe, they shouldn't be living in Kansas.

by Anonymousreply 7005/20/2013

Did Pat Robertson blame it on gay marriage?

by Anonymousreply 7105/20/2013

Been watching to the live stream on the tornado and there is one hunky looking reporter by the name of Michael Seiden. Anyone ever hear anything on him?

by Anonymousreply 7205/20/2013

Oklahoma R70 not Kansas.... yet.

by Anonymousreply 7305/20/2013

If we just pray, it will all be fine. Put your faith in the Lord, He will never lead you wrong.

by Anonymousreply 7405/20/2013

Huge tornados lately but I'm sure it has nothing to do with global warming.

I'm sure the NRA will help get Moore back up and running, they won't need Federal assistance.

by Anonymousreply 7505/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 7605/20/2013

[quote]There's no way anyone could get that footage of the tornado, unless they knew it was going to happen.


This is right outside OKC. Tornadoes happen often there. The news stations had the helicopters on the ready as they expected storms today. We watched it from the beginning on KFOR.

by Anonymousreply 7705/20/2013

Our local (Dallas) TV station just showed an ad for OK tourism where different people are singing "Oklahoma".

"You're doin' fine Oklahoma...."


by Anonymousreply 7805/20/2013

Jesus will build them new homes. I'm sure of that.

Actually it really bothers me when the survivors get on the air and thank God...because he saved them. I always want to say..."Well why didn't God save the life of your neighbor?"

by Anonymousreply 7905/20/2013

I sucked so much cock at the Ramada Inn in Moore back in the day. Ah, the memories!

by Anonymousreply 8005/20/2013

'where the winds come sweeping down the plains.."

by Anonymousreply 8105/20/2013

My local weatherman said the above-ground tornado rooms that many Oklahoma residents now have are useless against an F-4 or F-5 tornado. The footage of the destruction demonstrates that. He said that unless you have an underground shelter, you're actually better off getting in your car and driving away from a massive tornado's path.

by Anonymousreply 8205/20/2013

Yes, R79, Jesus is probably the name of several of the illegal laborers the contractors will use.

by Anonymousreply 8305/20/2013

It's kind of like Hiroshima...except no radiation poisoning.

by Anonymousreply 8405/20/2013

How much warning did they have?

by Anonymousreply 8505/20/2013

Oklahoma? Full of anti gay assholes.

by Anonymousreply 8605/20/2013

I did feel bad for them after the Oklahoma City Bombing but lately, they just seem like narrow minded Republicans and I can't seem to find much sympathy for them or for the people in Texas. Seriously, Texes could sink into the Gulf and I'd say, good riddance.

by Anonymousreply 8705/20/2013

It's hard to feel for those Red States because they are such right wing assholes.

by Anonymousreply 8805/20/2013

[quote]There's no way anyone could get that footage of the tornado, unless they knew it was going to happen.

Conspiracy theorist or someone who is completely unaware of modern meteorology.

by Anonymousreply 8905/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 9005/20/2013

Maeghan Hadley, of One Day Ranch pet rescue, holds a kitten pulled from under the rubble of a mobile home destroyed by Sunday's tornado in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, near Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States.

by Anonymousreply 9105/20/2013

I dread the moment when some victim or city official inevitably says something which will turn my sympathy to anger.

by Anonymousreply 9205/20/2013

Can't wait for Anderson. He will fall hard for Lando Hite. I know I did. He seems to be mixed-race.

by Anonymousreply 9305/20/2013

Aww kitty...

by Anonymousreply 9405/20/2013

More video (sorry- no audio available)

by Anonymousreply 9505/20/2013

So none of those kids in the school made it.

by Anonymousreply 9605/20/2013

And now we turn to Lando Calrissean who is reporting from our affiliate in Oklahoma City. Lando, can you tell us what it was like working with Carrie Fisher?

by Anonymousreply 9705/20/2013

They will come to the Feds with their hands out. Thought you wanted to secede? Who needs NOAA?

by Anonymousreply 9805/20/2013

The previous posters are why we laughed at them during Hurricane Sandy.

by Anonymousreply 9905/20/2013

FINALLY. Now America can focus on US again!!!!

by Anonymousreply 10005/20/2013

MSNBC saying 2 dozen kids killed

by Anonymousreply 10105/20/2013

Oh goodness that is sweet R91

by Anonymousreply 10205/20/2013

About the same number of kids who died at Sandy Hook. Oklahoma loves guns and didn't have a big problem with the gun used at Sandy Hook, so...let the NRA grieve for you.

by Anonymousreply 10305/20/2013

Since the ranch where Lando worked is leveled, maybe he'll be staying at the same hotel that Anderson Cooper gets put up at.

Then the KFOR reporter Adam (AJ) Mertz can join all the boys in the hotel sauna later tonight when the weather situation has calmed down.

David Muir (if he even goes to OK City) will not be included. Can you imagine what the steam would do to his coiffe? He's not stepping foot in that sauna.

by Anonymousreply 10405/20/2013

I'd love to see Obama really ride this and demonstrate how these fucks DO need the government at times like this. He's got too much class, of course, and that is why he's the President and I get in fights with coworkers a lot.

by Anonymousreply 10505/20/2013

FUCK YOU, R103! Where is your fucking sense of compassion. 24 children from the K-3 section of that school are dead. Dead through no fault of there own. How dare you try to turn this into some sort of political statement. You are a true piece of shit.

by Anonymousreply 10605/20/2013

Governor says the ground in OK is "tough" and that's why they don't have below ground shelters.

WTF does that mean? Is it rock?

by Anonymousreply 10705/20/2013

R103, you really don't see a difference in causes of death?

by Anonymousreply 10805/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 10905/20/2013

Fortunately, Mary Stewart lives in state so she doesn't have to travel far to personally present Precious Moments figurines to each and every family with a victim.

by Anonymousreply 11005/20/2013

The local station is reporting that they found seven children who'd drowned in a pool of water underneath the school rubble. They're saying perhaps 30 more bodies to be found.

I'm a heartless sarcastic bastard but this has now gone beyond anything I can be snarky or political about.

by Anonymousreply 11105/20/2013

A sweet baby R91! :)

by Anonymousreply 11205/20/2013

That medical center is wrecked but no one was hurt there? Lucky.

by Anonymousreply 11305/20/2013

Not to sound trite, but every person I have seen on the news is overweight. Of course my prayers, wishes, and thoughts are with those who've lost loved ones.

by Anonymousreply 11405/20/2013

preliminary death toll- 37

by Anonymousreply 11505/20/2013

Don't kid yourself. There's a lot of gay people in Oklahoma, though most move to Dallas.

by Anonymousreply 11605/20/2013

Go to the cellar and pray! Who's gonna compose the "tragedy" music for the network broadcasts? Shepherd Smith on Fox is so over the top with his praise of the good and strong people of Oklahoma. He called them a beacon of light for their heroism. Very sad for the children but fuck those narrow minded toothless hillbillies who hate homosexuals for no reason. Maybe God is punishing them for their evil ways.....ever think of that you fundamentalist freaks?

by Anonymousreply 11705/20/2013

The death toll will rise a lot. That is Joplin-level destruction.

by Anonymousreply 11805/20/2013

Where can I see a picture of this "Lando" guy y'all are so hot on?

by Anonymousreply 11905/20/2013

James Doyle, the drunkard from A-List:Dallas lives in OK City. Apparently he survived the tornado.

by Anonymousreply 12005/20/2013

Anderson was just talking about Lando!

by Anonymousreply 12105/20/2013

The dramatic music has alreagy begun on CNN bumpers.

by Anonymousreply 12205/20/2013

It seems I can live with being a piece of shit. Republicans and fake Christians have turned me into the bitter "piece of shit" that I am. I believe they hate me and I know I hate them.

by Anonymousreply 12305/20/2013

Piers Morgan will be interviewing Helen Hunt tonight.

by Anonymousreply 12405/20/2013

For r119

by Anonymousreply 12505/20/2013

Hearts and prayers and sky fairy bullshit. Thins the herd.

by Anonymousreply 12605/20/2013

lol r124

by Anonymousreply 12705/20/2013

I despise many posts on this thread.

by Anonymousreply 12905/20/2013

What R129 said.

by Anonymousreply 13005/20/2013

Sorry, but I'm giggling that the press conference is on KOKH. That's an actual TV station?

Last fall in NYC I walked past the actress Margo Martindale who was chatting with a friend. I heard her say "The Oklahomans are worse than the Texans!" I assumed she meant their right-wing politics. She had just gotten back from shooting August: Osage County in OK.

by Anonymousreply 13105/20/2013

OMG R128 fuck you for making me

by Anonymousreply 13205/20/2013

128 got a WW.

by Anonymousreply 13305/20/2013

Death toll at 51

by Anonymousreply 13405/20/2013

Ugh, awful. I don't understand the lack of compassion on here. Douches!

by Anonymousreply 13505/20/2013

OMG! Who is the orangeish/red tank top named Mike on CNN/KFOR right now?!?!? Wow.

Anyway, they just asked people to be conservative with water usage for the next day or 2. That means please select a cowboy buddy to be your shower buddy!

by Anonymousreply 13605/20/2013

CNN just interviewed a 5 year old...Piers is beside himself because he isn't Anderson.

This country loves a disaster

by Anonymousreply 13705/20/2013

R125- Did the winds blow his shirt off?

by Anonymousreply 13805/20/2013

Thank you, r125. I appreciate your kindness.

by Anonymousreply 13905/20/2013

[quote]I despise many posts on this thread

He's just upset. He didn't get to see Lando's feets.

by Anonymousreply 14005/20/2013

The real shame is that both the Cracker Barrel on I-40 and the Long John Silvers inside the Conoco gas station were destroyed so fine dining as it's known in Moore, Oklahoma is no longer.

by Anonymousreply 14105/20/2013

Coburn and Inhoffe voted "no" for federal relief for victims of hurricane Sandy.

Not one county in Oklahoma went for Obama in 2012.

by Anonymousreply 14205/20/2013

Thank you r142 - we definitely needed that reminder. Seriously.

If the Republicans continue to get their way within our lifetimes they will gut and weaken so many crucial rules and regulations that future death tolls will resemble the Bangladesh death toll.

by Anonymousreply 14305/20/2013

Obama said his thoughts are with Oklahomans...

Hopefully he remembers not one county in Oklahoma voted for him in 2008 or 2012. He should pop some popcorn and laugh his ass off.

by Anonymousreply 14405/20/2013

"He should pop some popcorn and laugh his ass off."

But he won't. He'll do just the opposite. He would tell you something that might seem goofy to you: he's President of all the people, even the ones who didn't vote for him.

by Anonymousreply 14505/20/2013

It seems like every month I am crying for my country and my countrymen. And "Mary" does not apply to any of these situations. And I am appalled by those who are reminiscing about cocks they sucked in OK at a time like this. Talk about one-track minds. Pathetic...

by Anonymousreply 14605/20/2013

oh some of the little kids might still be alive.

by Anonymousreply 14705/20/2013

I think America should focus on helpful, job-building tax cuts, and refuse to waste money on Oklahoma. I suggest they find budgetary offsets before we grant them a dime of federal relief. Perhaps we can replay sound bites from Senators Imhofe, and Dr. Tom Coburn regarding vetoing federal aid for Hurricane Sandy over and over and over. This will slyly let the people of Oklahoma realize they're fucked.

Hate my comments if you want, I don't care at all. Not. One. Bit.

by Anonymousreply 14805/20/2013

I don't recall any posts about cocks sucked in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 14905/20/2013

They're already speculating that there will be more casualties than at least Tupelo.

March 18, 1925, in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana - 695 deaths.

April 5, 1936, Tupelo, Mississippi - 216 deaths.

April 6, 1936, Gainesville, Georgia - 203 deaths

April 9, 1947, Woodward, Oklahoma - 181 deaths.

May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri 158 deaths

April 24, 1908, Amite, Louisiana, and Purvis, Mississippi - 143 deaths

June 8, 1953, Flint, Michigan - 116 deaths

May 11, 1953, Waco, Texas - 114 deaths

May 18, 1902, Goliad, Texas - 114 deaths.

March 23, 1913, Omaha, Nebraska - 103 deaths.

(Source: Associated Press)

by Anonymousreply 15005/20/2013

Send your prayers, but not a goddamn cent.

by Anonymousreply 15105/20/2013

This is the third tornado to devastate Moore in the last 14 years (1999, 2003, 2013).

Why do people keep moving there?


by Anonymousreply 15205/20/2013

I´m with ^.

by Anonymousreply 15305/20/2013

On March 23rd this year, 103 people were killed? I don't know what I was doing but I must have been extremely busy...I don't think I heard anything about that disaster.

But seriously, NO TSUNAMIS.

by Anonymousreply 15405/20/2013

"Witness: 'It Looked Like The Movie Twister'"

Jesus, we are a nation of idiots.

by Anonymousreply 15505/20/2013

One guy had a tiny cubicle underground. I'm sorry, but build a real basement. Everybody. You've been hit 4 or 5 time by tornados. Get smart.

by Anonymousreply 15705/20/2013

If those Senators and that Governor came knocking on my door, I could say, too bad, so sad and shut the door in their face. I might feel a twinge of guilt but I would get over it.

by Anonymousreply 15805/20/2013

Incredible time lapse footage of the tornado at the link. It's enormous and just keeps going and going and going.

by Anonymousreply 15905/20/2013

R107, basements are rare because the heavy clay soil makes them very expensive.

by Anonymousreply 16005/20/2013

[quote]Get AIDS and die [R28]. Take your anti religious hatred to another board. I don't need to come here and read that.


You came to Datalounge and expect religious respect?


Now that's the funniest thing I've heard all week.

by Anonymousreply 16105/20/2013

[quote] at least two dozen school children killed

You mean a fucking tornado beat my high score!

by Anonymousreply 16205/20/2013

Check out Inhofe's Facebook page, he's getting slammed.

by Anonymousreply 16305/20/2013

R106 is an idiot. These people weren't killed by a tornado, but because the buildings in Oklahoma City are not designed to withstand them, even though this area gets hit by a tornado virtually every fucking year. If you don't think that's about politics, or more concretely, about the profits of developers given priority over the safety of the more than half a million people who live thereabouts, then you have no brain.

by Anonymousreply 16405/20/2013

And the clay traps water.

by Anonymousreply 16505/20/2013

""He should pop some popcorn and laugh his ass off."

That's not what an emotionally mature man, especially one we'd like to have in charge, would do.

by Anonymousreply 16705/20/2013

R156: true Christian.

by Anonymousreply 16805/20/2013

What did R28 say that was anti-religious?

by Anonymousreply 16905/20/2013

I haven't read all of the comments so i don't know if this has been addressed, but I'm concerned that the mayor of Moore, OK, when asked by CBS about the needs of his constituents, said they mostly need "positive thinking and prayers." Can't argue about the need for both, but, seriously, Mr. Mayor, that's it? I see a head in the sand philosophy about federal help and, if I'm correct, that's a stance that will benefit no one except right wing ideologues.

by Anonymousreply 17005/20/2013

Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

by Anonymousreply 17105/20/2013

Pardon me but I've lived in areas where the ground was hard, clay and rock...people still had basements.

by Anonymousreply 17205/20/2013

Please do post any media outlet that has the guts to point out how hypocritical these Republican states are.

by Anonymousreply 17305/20/2013

[quote]It seems like every month I am crying for my country and my countrymen. And "Mary" does not apply to any of these situations.

No, it applies to you.

by Anonymousreply 17405/20/2013

R156, please sit on a crucifix and start turning in the counter-clockwise direction. Don't stop until it's all the way in. I guarantee you, you will experience true Rapture!

by Anonymousreply 17505/20/2013

[quote]Kids trapped underneath debris at the school.

Are any of them white and blonde?

If not, don't expect me to show up in Okla-freekin'-homa.

Where's that Mojito goddammit! Shit!

by Anonymousreply 17605/20/2013

[quote]Not to sound trite, but every person I have seen on the news is overweight. Of course my prayers, wishes, and thoughts are with those who've lost loved ones.

Except the fat ones. They should die.

by Anonymousreply 17705/20/2013

This made me cry.

by Anonymousreply 17805/20/2013

As annoying as I find the Daily Mail, they always have the best pictures.

by Anonymousreply 17905/20/2013

r179 I was just saying the same thing. The pictures are always really good and really large. I especially like that you don't have to scroll through some BS slideshow to see them all. Everything is on one page.

by Anonymousreply 18005/20/2013

[quote]Not all gays are Godless [R161]

Yes, you've made it blazingly clear that you're the biggest judgmental Christian asshole in the universe. Your point?

by Anonymousreply 18105/20/2013

[R179] is correct, I had to go to the Daily Mail for the latest report and astonishingly horrifying images. I cannot imagine the complete horror and devastation by being there in person. Such a tragic act of nature that we mere humans just can't battle.

by Anonymousreply 18205/20/2013

ABC just named Lando Hite as the next Bachelor, airing in the Fall!

by Anonymousreply 18305/20/2013

None of the local officials would confirm ANY deaths until this evening despite the fact they had to know of many.

by Anonymousreply 18405/20/2013

WTF is Lando?!

by Anonymousreply 18505/20/2013

He's the shirtless survivor covered in horse manure who sought shelter in a stable, r185.

by Anonymousreply 18605/20/2013

And that may also be political. The kids DROWNED due to poor design and possibly poor siting of the school. It is common in the sunbelt for schools to be put on land that nobody else wants. I remember one case in Tampa where they put an elementary school on a toxic waste dump.

by Anonymousreply 18705/20/2013

[quote] basements are rare because the heavy clay soil makes them very expensiv

That's bullshit. In the northeast there are heavy clay soils in many places (like where I live), sandy soils in other places, high water tables in some places and pure granite in other places and there are still basements. They don't have basements in OK and other parts of the country because it's cheaper and building codes don't require it.

by Anonymousreply 18805/20/2013

So, which liberal page directed its followers to relentlessly rip apart Inhofe's Facebook post? I love it.

by Anonymousreply 18905/20/2013

Here, R185. This is the guy everybody's been goin' on about...

Meh. He's okay.

by Anonymousreply 19005/20/2013

Wasn't Senator Inhofe the one talking about impeachment?

by Anonymousreply 19105/20/2013

He's more than OK, R190. Did you see him on TV? He's good looking and quite well-spoken. He made a very good impression on anybody who saw him interviewed live this afternoon.

by Anonymousreply 19205/20/2013

[quote]And "Mary" does not apply to any of these situations.

No, it does apply to you along with Marie, Mara, Moira, Maureen, Miriam, Mariah, Marieke, Marietta, Maritza, Miep, Molly and May.

by Anonymousreply 19305/20/2013

It's the builders who give out this "The soil here is too wet/sandy/clay-y/rocky for basements" misinformation. They don't want to be bothered learning how to build a basement.

In NJ you can make a living waterproofing basements and doing radon abatement in basements. As for soil being too sandy, ("we cant have basements with our sandy soil because sand shifts"), Long Island is all sand left over from a glacier and they have basements.

by Anonymousreply 19405/20/2013

Well, to be fair New Jersey has tons more money than Oklahoma.

by Anonymousreply 19505/20/2013

Ricky Stover is a much hotter survivor.

by Anonymousreply 19605/20/2013

Those are really incredible pictures, R178. The woman with her cat sitting outside her destroyed home.. wow.

by Anonymousreply 19705/20/2013

Agreed, R196. Did you see his butt-swing in those gym shorts? :-P

by Anonymousreply 19805/20/2013

I am madly, passionately in love with Ricky Stover. I want to rescue him from Oklahell and give him the most pampered life EVER.

by Anonymousreply 19905/20/2013

Will Coburn and Inhofe stand on principal and reject federal assistance?

The ghost of Hurricane Sandy is calling.

by Anonymousreply 20005/20/2013

[quote] Are any of them white and blonde?

Actually, they're pretty multicultural. I've seen black, white, Asian and mesoamerican kids being pulled out of the school.

Is that ok with you?

by Anonymousreply 20205/20/2013

haha, R199, when he got teary-eyed recounting his experience, I wanted to reach through the screen and wrap him in a bear hug!

by Anonymousreply 20305/21/2013

R202 thinks he's talking to Nancy Grace or just can't comprehend a bit of satire directed to a DL fave.

by Anonymousreply 20405/21/2013

Link, R98?

Is this him? Has to be...

by Anonymousreply 20505/21/2013

Lando Hite looking sexy as hell in one of his FB page pics at link.

by Anonymousreply 20605/21/2013

Anderson Cooper can't wait to get to Oklahoma (and into Ricky Stover's panties).

by Anonymousreply 20705/21/2013

That should be R198

by Anonymousreply 20805/21/2013

Link to the touching video of the old woman discovering her dog buried under rubble at link (the dog is alive).

by Anonymousreply 20905/21/2013

oops I linked the abbreviated version of the old woman / dog rescue video. here's the full version:

by Anonymousreply 21005/21/2013

I can't believe all the kids walking barefoot in the pictures @ r178. All that rubble seems like it would slice their feet up.

by Anonymousreply 21105/21/2013

Thanks, R209 / R210 -- that's lovely. She's ok and the dog looks ok, too.

by Anonymousreply 21205/21/2013

R205, here are some screencaps from that interview he did:

by Anonymousreply 21305/21/2013

Ricky Stover #2:

by Anonymousreply 21405/21/2013

Ricky Stover #3:

by Anonymousreply 21505/21/2013

Ricky Stover #4:

by Anonymousreply 21605/21/2013

Ricky Stover #5:

by Anonymousreply 21705/21/2013

Ricky Stover #6:

by Anonymousreply 21805/21/2013

I grew up in the historic district of OKC. Almost every house built before the 1950s had a huge basement, including ours. That earth/sand/"tough earth" business is bullshit. After WWII it was cheaper to build houses w/out basements. It's those homes that you see plastered all over Moore. Cheap, poorly-constructed pieces of shit.

by Anonymousreply 21905/21/2013

These made me laugh:

[quote]The real shame is that both the Cracker Barrel on I-40 and the Long John Silvers inside the Conoco gas station were destroyed so fine dining as it's known in Moore, Oklahoma is no longer. by: Anonymous reply 141 05/20/2013 @ 09:14PM

[quote]This is the third tornado to devastate Moore in the last 14 years (1999, 2003, 2013). Why do people keep moving there? Moore-ons. by: Anonymous reply 152 05/20/2013 @ 09:46PM

by Anonymousreply 22005/21/2013

Wouldn't you be sucked out of a basement?

by Anonymousreply 22105/21/2013

stop building houses with wood.

by Anonymousreply 22205/21/2013

They built large schools and offices and hospitals out of steel and concrete, R222, and they are severely damaged too.

by Anonymousreply 22305/21/2013

r222 is dumb. These twister can pick up cars.

by Anonymousreply 22405/21/2013

51 people are dead and 20 of them are children.

Can we remember that before we post horrible things like at r86?

It doesn't matter if they're stupid for not building basements in the hard clay. It doesn't matter if this is a red state. They are human beings, and politics aside, it is not something to feel smug and superior about.

I know this is Datalounge, but using words to be bitchy and using words celebrating the death of children are two different things and saying "good riddance" makes you worse than any anti-gay conservative republican could ever possibly be.

Put politics away and look at the loss of human life.

Please, Datalounge? Please?

by Anonymousreply 22505/21/2013

Obviously, R225 lives in a bubble.

May I remind you, R225, that some Republican asshole just said Hillary Clinton deserves to be shot in the cunt, and another Republican asshole just said people on food stamps should be allowed to die.

And you've obviously never read the hate spewing posts on Free Republic and readers comments on the NY Post, etc.

by Anonymousreply 22605/21/2013

No r226, I don't live in a bubble. I just know to remember when people are suffering. It doesn't matter what republicans have said, no child deserves to die huddled in a school, cowering in fear while a tornado a mile wide comes barreling towards them.

What you said in your post just shows that YOU are the one in a bubble, not me.

We are all human beings, and you are not better than anyone else. Death is a human equalizer.

by Anonymousreply 22705/21/2013

Where will they put up all those families? Churches? Salvation Army Center? Will hotels and motels offer to help?

by Anonymousreply 22805/21/2013

And may I also remind you, R225/R227, an asshole like Pat Robertson has blamed natural disasters like the Oklahome tornados on gay people, and the mindless assholes in Oklahoma eat that shit up and believe him.

by Anonymousreply 22905/21/2013

[quote] some Republican asshole just said Hillary Clinton deserves to be shot in the cunt

Yes, some obscure host of an obscure radio talk show said Hillary Clinton should be shot in the vagina. Therefore, all those 2nd and 3rd graders deserved to die.

by Anonymousreply 23005/21/2013

In dataloungeworld, that is logical thinking, r230.

Some people don't realize we can fight back without stooping to Pat Robertson or Freerepublic hatred levels.

by Anonymousreply 23105/21/2013

God was vacuuming.

by Anonymousreply 23205/21/2013


by Anonymousreply 23405/21/2013

The fucking Gov. refused to say Obama offered help. What's her problem?

by Anonymousreply 23505/21/2013

They can't afford to build houses with basements, but I bet they were all open-concept with two-story entry halls. This trend that everyone seems to want means the house is cheaply constructed with not enough supporting structure. Skip the bonus room and double vanities and put more money into quality construction!

by Anonymousreply 23605/21/2013

I'm emailing my senators (both Democrats) to vote no on any aid to Oklahoma. Fuck Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn!

by Anonymousreply 23705/21/2013

R236 You have clearly never been to Moore. There isn't an open concept, two story entry or bonus room within 50 miles of this tract house suburb mostly built and developed in the 60's and 70's. Interior design is eschewed in favor of gun safes and available RV parking. Double vanities...that's rich.

by Anonymousreply 23805/21/2013

I vote for R225 or R233 as my favorite frausy/nutsie so far.

Interesting how it's the human wreckage that comes out to celebrate catastrophes.

In times like these, they are the F5 wind beneath my wings.

by Anonymousreply 23905/21/2013

R225 is stupid, but probably real, sincere even.

R233 has to be an Especially Solemn Teacher.

by Anonymousreply 24005/21/2013

R128/R174/R185 is one of those turds that offers nothing original and hectors other posters. Loves putting people down as she gets things wrong.

by Anonymousreply 24105/21/2013

Not all religious people are nuts and r225 is right...

We have to be better than them...

by Anonymousreply 24205/21/2013

There goes our trip to Yellowstone!

by Anonymousreply 24305/21/2013

OK, so I'm a frau because I have empathy? I guess that makes you a sociopath, r234.

Sometimes I find myself becoming more homophobic by the day, and yes I'm a gay man.

by Anonymousreply 24405/21/2013

Lots of "Pray for Oklahoma" shares going around Facebook today.

Would it be wrong of me to add "While you're at it, please pray that Oklahomans now understand that tragedy can strike anyone at anytime and is not necessarily the fault of the victim(s)"?

Or is that too much?

by Anonymousreply 24505/21/2013

R225/244, you are such a phony.

by Anonymousreply 24605/21/2013

Why do tornadoes occur? What is nature's reason? What purpose do they serve? Seed dispersal?

by Anonymousreply 24705/21/2013

Can someone answer, r247. What is the purpose?

by Anonymousreply 24805/21/2013

It's code in the northeast to put a basement in a home because of winter. You have to put in a foundation that goes below the frostline. Since you're going to dig down beneath the frostline, why not put in a floor? And that's how basements became standard.

However, many condos and coops in the northeast are not required to have basements, in order to cut down on costs and time spent in construction. So if an F5 tornado touched down and hit a northeastern condo complex, there could be a lot of fatalities. But then there would be a change in code and newer multiple dwellings would be required to have basements.

When mass construction started after WWII, southern builders had no need to put in basements because there was no frostline. When tornados hit and people asked why there were no basements, they made up stories about tough clay and sandy loam and high water tables rather than say, "We don't know how to do it and we don't want to put them in anyway."

When my sister's ex-in laws moved to central FL, the builder tried to tell them they couldn't have a basement; they couldn't have the joists as close together as the husband wanted them; he couldn't have a firebreak, etc. They didn't know they were dealing with a guy who was a former shop teacher who was OCD about home construction. He fired the builder and he and a bunch of his construction buddies went down there and built the house themselves. A few years later there was a drought and a wildfire. His house was untouched because of the firebreak he maintained while other homes burned. He did not build a full house-sized basement, but put in a partial one in case they needed to use it for shelter during a tornado.

If you live in an area with sinkholes, it doesn't matter if you have a basement or not. When the ground opens, you're going down. How far down you go depends on the soil. And if you have a basement with an above ground door/sliders, it's not very safe in an F5 unless part of the basement is fully underground and sealed off from the above-ground portion.

If I lived in OK, I would have an underground safe room at least 4x4 with double doors, one above ground and one below. I would also make sure they used new screws instead of nails during housing construction. They may not be of help in an F5 but could be of value in a lesser tornado.

by Anonymousreply 24905/21/2013

I'd like to know why they happen, too, so the next time someone responds to disappointment with "Everything happens for a reason!" Then I can say, "Yeah, like that time in Oklahoma, when 20 school kids were wiped out in a tornado!"

by Anonymousreply 25005/21/2013

Here you go, R247 & 248:

by Anonymousreply 25105/21/2013

Here's hoping R251 lives in the sunbelt.

by Anonymousreply 25205/21/2013

No way will Anderson go for Ricky Stover. He'll go for Lando Hite, for sure, he's more "exotic."

by Anonymousreply 25305/21/2013

Seriously R252, there's no reason why you should expect someone to answer that for you here when there are dozens of websites that explain why tornados happen. You're a big boy/girl.

by Anonymousreply 25405/21/2013

I'd like to know why the death toll has been revised to 24 when the pathology office announced 37 tornado-related deaths yesterday. Can't anyone do their job properly nowadays?

by Anonymousreply 25505/21/2013

r247 have you heard of a thing called Google? Perhaps I love when people ask questions on the boards that are easily answered with a simple internet search.

by Anonymousreply 25605/21/2013

More tornadoes possible today in Okla.

by Anonymousreply 25705/21/2013

[quote] I'd like to know why the death toll has been revised to 24 when the pathology office announced 37 tornado-related deaths yesterday.

It's a miracle! Our prayers have been answered! God has brought 13 people back to life! If you keep praying, maybe the death toll will keep shrinking.

by Anonymousreply 25805/21/2013

R254 I didn't ask the question, I just thought it was unnecessarily cunty to reply to the poster like that. I can see if he asked a non-related question but what's the problem with answering the question. Does every question have to be referred to Google? I wouldn't think so.

by Anonymousreply 25905/21/2013

Is Westboro Baptist going to show up?

by Anonymousreply 26005/21/2013

GOD hates OK. :)

by Anonymousreply 26105/21/2013

Okay R256, we know how they form but what purpose do they serve the planet? You can't tell us that.

by Anonymousreply 26205/21/2013

R251, why don't you send us to that link that explains why tornadoes occur. Not how they form, you dolt. Get the hell out of here. You're dumb AND mean and bringing everyone down.

by Anonymousreply 26305/21/2013

[quote]Anderson Cooper can't wait to get to Oklahoma (and into Ricky Stover's panties).

They sent Chris Cuomo.

by Anonymousreply 26405/21/2013

[quote] but what's the problem with answering the question.

He did answer the question. And he gave the correct answer -- "google it."

We're not mommy and daddy, here to do homework for our children. We're adults who have enough sense to avail ourselves of the wealth of scientific information available with a simple web search.

I don't understand why people insist that gossip message board regulars should answer their scientific and medical questions. What is wrong with someone who demands answers from people who are just hanging out on a messageboard while at work, at school or at home when it's actually simpler to look for it oneself? How stupid and selfish.

by Anonymousreply 26505/21/2013

Are you really trying to apply a rationale to nature, R247/262/263? Are you that superstitious and dense? Why don't you ask God for an answer? You get the fuck out of here, you stupid, childish chump.

by Anonymousreply 26605/21/2013

Give it to me! Why won't you give me that link I asked for? You have one helluva fucking attitude you little bitches! You're fired from this messageboard.

When I ask for information I expect that you sit up, pay attention and get me that information. No attitude. God, I can't believe how stupid, lazy and dirty people are here. It's so hard to find good posters nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 26705/21/2013

[bold]Inhofe: Tornado aid ‘totally different’ from Hurricane Sandy aid[/bold]

Oh Yeah?!

In the wake of the devastating tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) rejected comparisons between federal aid for this disaster and the Hurricane Sandy relief package he voted against. That was a “totally different” situation, Inhofe told MSNBC, arguing that the Sandy aid was filled with pork. There were “things in the Virgin Islands. They were fixing roads there and putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C.”

“Everyone was getting in and exploiting the tragedy taking place,” he said. “That won’t happen in Oklahoma.”

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has said that any federal aid to Oklahoma must be offset by cuts. Like Inhofe, he voted against the Hurricane Sandy package. Two of Oklahoma’s five members in the House of Representatives, all Republicans, voted against it. Rep. James Lankford voted for a smaller federal flood relief package but against the bigger package. President Obama has declared a federal disaster, and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate is headed to Oklahoma.

by Anonymousreply 26805/21/2013

Yes...yes...the purpose of tornados is to spread seed.

by Anonymousreply 26905/21/2013

Forgot the link for that last post.

by Anonymousreply 27005/21/2013

Don't worry Amy, I tell him "fuck off!"

Hey, we doe need you here! You no come back to this thread, eh? You hear me? Get out and no come back. I call police...

by Anonymousreply 27105/21/2013

Assuming that a natural event needs a purpose suggests that the planet was designed with a purpose in mind, which it wasn't. Tornadoes aren't biological entities that have evolved to serve a purpose.

But if you really wanted to assign a purpose to a tornado, you could say that it helps in managing energy imbalance in the atmosphere caused by the sun heating a planet spinning on a wonky axis - but that's true of all weather, not just storms.

by Anonymousreply 27205/21/2013

All that devastation but only 24 dead? Who really believes that? Was Moore already a ghost town? Just asking.

by Anonymousreply 27305/21/2013

Guy carries little girl. Little girl (alright young woman) carries big boy.

I'm sorry, but this made me laugh.

by Anonymousreply 27405/21/2013

The lack of basements is pure bullshit championed by builders and cheap homeowners. I'm from Missouri and growing up, my parents purchased two brand new homes. Both of them had basements, and both of them had areas specifically designed for sheltering in case of a tornado!

by Anonymousreply 27505/21/2013

R268's post shows the empty hypocrisy of the Tea Party mindset. Federal aid to the East Coast is per se wasteful but that won't happen in Oklahoma. Asshole.

by Anonymousreply 27605/21/2013

I kind of hope Obama gives the people of Oklahoma the same attention that Bush gave the victims of Katrina.

by Anonymousreply 27705/21/2013

Wrong R272. Apply your wonky logic to volcanoes.

This why you never have any money, can't hold down a decent job et. al. Like everyone else, I must say goodbye to you.

HINT: It's you

by Anonymousreply 27805/21/2013

Many of the homes in metro Atlanta (known for its hard-packed clay) have basements. Maybe it's because Georgia is very hilly while Oklahoma is quite flat?

by Anonymousreply 27905/21/2013

R278, perhaps you could work on your reading comprehension at the same time you work on your writing skills.

I will apply the same logic: volcanoes, like tornadoes, require no purpose.

by Anonymousreply 28005/21/2013


by Anonymousreply 28105/21/2013

Anyone wanna get this? Educate R280 of the purpose of volcanoes?

I knew you didn't get it, R280. Remember, nobody likes a silly, uneducated queenie.

by Anonymousreply 28205/21/2013

Yesterday they were surmising it might be the biggest tornado in US history and today they revised the death toll from 51 to 24? What a letdown. It was just another tornado in Tornado Alley. Not very special after all.

by Anonymousreply 28305/21/2013

R264, both Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper were sent to Boston. Erin was there, too. Cuomo seems to work a lot in the daytime hours, too. I'd be very surprised if Anderson doesn't host 360 from there tonight.

by Anonymousreply 28405/21/2013

How embarrassing. Even the Gray Lady was taken in by tornado exaggeration.

MOORE, Okla. — A giant tornado, a mile wide or more, killed at least 91 people, 20 of them children, as it tore across parts of Oklahoma City and its suburbs Monday afternoon, flattening homes, flinging cars through the air and crushing at least two schools.

by Anonymousreply 28505/21/2013

Anderson is a typical NYer: He ain't got time for flyover queens.

by Anonymousreply 28605/21/2013

Moore OK -- Worst. Medical. Examiners. Office. Ever.

by Anonymousreply 28705/21/2013

Mildred, the storm is over! Put your wig back on straight!

by Anonymousreply 28805/21/2013

They sent both Joe and Mika!

by Anonymousreply 28905/21/2013

The experts answer questions about tornadoes.

by Anonymousreply 29005/21/2013

They were expecting more than 100 dead by today. Now that its been revised to only two dozen or so dead, the cable news people will pack up and leave.

by Anonymousreply 29105/21/2013

How the hell did 51 confirmed dead plus 40 more found dead suddenly become only 24 dead?

by Anonymousreply 29205/21/2013

Unless they're children, R291. I turned off coverage yesterday because everyone kept screaming 'Children are dead!' as if the disaster was even more horrible because it didn't spare the children. Grief porn all around.

by Anonymousreply 29305/21/2013

[quote]How the hell did 51 confirmed dead plus 40 more found dead suddenly become only 24 dead?

There is a lot of confusion in these circumstances and counting the dead, who are in multiple locations, is not anyone's priority. They counted people multiple times because they were reported by different sources and it was not clear they were talking about the same people.

I also suspect the earlier totals included the missing kids and then they decided to only include recovered bodies in the official count.

by Anonymousreply 29405/21/2013

R290, the daily mail? They don't give an answer either. Did you bother to actually read and ponder the question? No. You didn't understand the question which is why you can't answer it.

by Anonymousreply 29505/21/2013

The medical examiner lost count when she got to ten and ran out of fingers.

by Anonymousreply 29605/21/2013

Has Kim Kardashian issued a statement yet!?!?

by Anonymousreply 29705/21/2013

r297 Kim offered her condolences and waved out the window of her private jet as she was flying to meet Kanye and his bf in Paris.

by Anonymousreply 29805/21/2013

Kim tweeted this regarding the tornado strike:

"Love that I can gradually build the perfect bronzed glow I want with #Kardashian Sun Kissed Tan Extenders."

by Anonymousreply 29905/21/2013

[quote]How the hell did 51 confirmed dead plus 40 more found dead suddenly become only 24 dead?

They just looked like they were dead.

by Anonymousreply 30005/21/2013

Hey, I'm here in Oklahoma! And I'm keepin' it honest. The entire CNN team will be here ALL week!


by Anonymousreply 30105/21/2013

[quote]How the hell did 51 confirmed dead plus 40 more found dead suddenly become only 24 dead?

They double-counted them.

by Anonymousreply 30205/21/2013

John King is there too. Cannot stand him

by Anonymousreply 30305/21/2013

John King is reporting that police have a "dark-skinned man" in custody for questioning in the tornado strike.

by Anonymousreply 30405/21/2013

You just know John King can't wait to get back to the bar at his OKC hotel later tonight.

by Anonymousreply 30505/21/2013

Muslims! I knew it. God works in mysterious ways to punish sinners and try our souls.

by Anonymousreply 30605/21/2013

More possible tornados forecast for this afternoon, so we're sending Candy Crowley. If the worst comes to pass, Anderson can use her for a storm shelter.

by Anonymousreply 30705/21/2013

But I'm not dead!

I'm feeling better!

by Anonymousreply 30805/21/2013

lol, R304.

by Anonymousreply 30905/21/2013

It's not that serious, R265.


by Anonymousreply 31005/21/2013

Mile after mile of total devastation but we are suppose to believe, only 24 dead? Yeah, right.

by Anonymousreply 31105/21/2013

Supposedly they told people without underground shelters to get in their cars and leave the area.

by Anonymousreply 31205/21/2013

Can we move on now? I'm bored with this story.

by Anonymousreply 31305/21/2013

What kind of local food should Candy Crowley try in Oklahoma?

by Anonymousreply 31405/21/2013

I need my Lando fix.

by Anonymousreply 31505/21/2013

I hate that blond bitch governor- phony as hell.

by Anonymousreply 31605/21/2013

It's officially an F5.

by Anonymousreply 31705/21/2013

When's the telethon?

by Anonymousreply 31805/21/2013

I don't get it. They said Moore is a community of about 55,000. The video shows a town totally torn up. Only about 15 minutes warning. Not a lot of people had storm shelters. How is it that the fatality count is so low?

by Anonymousreply 31905/21/2013

[quote] Only about 15 minutes warning. Not a lot of people had storm shelters. How is it that the fatality count is so low?

People were told to get in their cars and drive away from the tornado. They were told which direction the tornado was tracking and which direction in which they should drive. It's not a major city. There weren't any traffic jams, as you can see in the video below. The storm was a mile wide, but the most intense part was not a mile wide. Lots of people said they went into their bathrooms with a mattress or pillows and survived.

by Anonymousreply 32105/21/2013

Most people were at work.

by Anonymousreply 32305/21/2013

Tornadoes looked like so much fun in the movie Twister. Apparently, they're not that much fun. I remember at the end of the movie when Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton got swept up into the center of a F-5 tornado and it looked so beautiful and peaceful.

by Anonymousreply 32405/21/2013

I'm not sure if this question has already been asked, but why would these people not all have basements? They live in an area where tornados are common. My partners dirt poor grandparents live in a shack in rural Wisconsin, and even they have a dirt hole (they call it a cellar) that they can go in if a tornado strikes.

by Anonymousreply 32505/21/2013

The people in R321's video were part of the problem.

by Anonymousreply 32605/21/2013

[quote] The people in [R321]'s video were part of the problem.

In what way? They pulled off the road, so they weren't impeding traffic. They stayed away from the tornado, which was to their north. The debris wasn't much -- some small, lightweight stuff. They kept near the road in case they needed to leave and they continually watched the storm's track in case it changed direction. They weren't storm chasers, who drive towards a tornado.

They didn't get hurt, didn't get killed, didn't prevent others from leaving and didn't prevent first responders from going to the affected area. They weren't part of any problem.

by Anonymousreply 32705/21/2013

People driving away from the tornado and the fact that most were away at work is what kept the casualties low. They're both EF-5 and they both covered approx. the same area (taking a look at the Wiki info. re width and length). But Joplin's hit on a Sunday afternoon when everyone was likely to be at or close to home. I really had been expecting a horrible count, but the fire OK fire chief is "98%" certain there aren't more casualties. I'll take that with a grain of salt, though.

by Anonymousreply 32805/21/2013

Ground is really hard in Oklahoma, R325, and requires dynamite to blast out basements. That's really expensive, so ... few basements.

by Anonymousreply 32905/21/2013

A commenter from OK on the Guardian live blog said that in other areas the soil that foundations are built into is a hard clay that tends to shift over time. Apparently, there's a brisk construction business there that involves restoring foundations that have shifted and become compromised as a result of the clay movement. After anchoring the home back to its foundation, they somehow attach the foundation to the bedrock below the clay.

by Anonymousreply 33005/21/2013

There were an awful lot of stories of people going into the bathtub with pillows or a mattress. Their houses were destroyed but they lived. Most injuries occur due to flying debris, so covering yourself with a mattress isn't a bad way to avoid injuries most of the time. Of course there are times when people do that and still get killed, but it seemed to work for a lot of people.

I don't understand that family who were trying to get into a freezer, though. Some woman did that in Tulsa to hide from a tornado and wasn't found for days. Her son said she was "probably over medicated" when she decided to the freezer was a good place to shelter.

by Anonymousreply 33105/21/2013

[quote] Ground is really hard in Oklahoma, R325 and requires dynamite to blast out basements

Another genius weighs in

by Anonymousreply 33205/21/2013

[quote]Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has said that any federal aid to Oklahoma must be offset by cuts.

As long as the cuts come from Oklahoma's coffers, I'm okay with this.

by Anonymousreply 33305/21/2013

Cut his salary...he doesn't need it, I'm sure the NRA gives him anything he needs.

by Anonymousreply 33405/21/2013

[quote]But Joplin's hit on a Sunday afternoon when everyone was likely to be at or close to home

Or in their Hummers.

by Anonymousreply 33505/21/2013

R332, you're an ass. In parts of Oklahoma, the soil is too wet and shifting to be able to anchor the basement.

In other parts:

"Bedrock is also prevalent throughout Oklahoma. It can be especially difficult and expensive to chip away at the bedrock. Buildings often have to use explosives to clear room for a basement."

by Anonymousreply 33605/21/2013

[quote] "Bedrock is also prevalent throughout Oklahoma. It can be especially difficult and expensive to chip away at the bedrock. Buildings often have to use explosives to clear room for a basement."

So? Use dynamite, then. NJ, NYC and other places have buildings with underground foundations in bedrock. It's not impossible.

And look at this map. I don't see any bedrock. Do you?

by Anonymousreply 33705/21/2013

OK, only 24 dead so far. Have there been any reports from the hospitals? How many are being treated? How many critical? Usually they share this info on daily TV news conferences. Have there been any?

by Anonymousreply 33805/21/2013

Virtually every building in Manhattan has a basement and was built on bedrock.

by Anonymousreply 33905/21/2013

[quote] parts of Oklahoma, the soil is too wet and shifting to be able to anchor the basement

Fallacy. The south shore of Long Island is sandy and wet near the bay but houses have basements even one block from the bay.

by Anonymousreply 34005/21/2013

One of the few disaster events where you don't see people in the background leaving balloons, bears, and notes. I guess they really are following instructions and staying away.

by Anonymousreply 34105/21/2013

Read the link to the story. It explains why there aren't more basements in Oklahoma: shifting wet soil with a limestone anchor (not reliable and differs from Long Island) or is over bedrock. Yes, New York is over bedrock and has basements, but it's too pricey for the population of Oklahoma.

You can get off my ass because you disagree with Oklahomans' reasoning.

by Anonymousreply 34205/21/2013

@ R282. Dumb ass uneducated queenie who spends all day on here. He's passed out from drinking but he'll be back after noon. He lives on other people's couches. You know the type. Didn't even get an associate degree. Probably a high school dropout that doesn't drive.

by Anonymousreply 34305/21/2013

I knew Anderson would be there. No way was he gonna miss out on an opportunity to sample the musky charms of Lando Hite.

by Anonymousreply 34405/21/2013

According to Anderson they have a problem with flooding in basements. The odds of being hit by a tornado while trapped in your home were previously thought to be quite low. Basements would flood regularly.

by Anonymousreply 34505/21/2013

We are going to be subjected to another month of 10,000 interviews with crying adults amidst the rubble, stupid questions from reporters, people saying that jesus saved them, et. al. It is sad but the sugary coverage gets so tired. And how much can we take of "my story of survival is better than yours". And the governor saying we will rebuild better than before......and in 10 years, we will hear the same thing when the town is destroyed yet again.

by Anonymousreply 34605/22/2013

Why is the sky blue?

Just answer the question, ok? No snark from people who don't know the answer. I haven't got all day, you know.

Just concise, informative answers in Datalounge format, no links or jokes.

by Anonymousreply 34705/22/2013

Get over it, R347.

by Anonymousreply 34805/22/2013

I said no snark, R348. Answer the question or STFU.

by Anonymousreply 34905/22/2013

The sky isn't blue. It's an optical illusion so that it appears blue to people with IQ's below the smart range.

by Anonymousreply 35005/22/2013

Get over it, or STFU.

by Anonymousreply 35105/22/2013

Get over it yourself, R351. And STFU.

by Anonymousreply 35205/22/2013

LOL, R350!

There's your answer, R351.

by Anonymousreply 35305/22/2013

Correction: R352 has been answered.

by Anonymousreply 35405/22/2013

I can't believe y'all queens hung up on what the fuck tornadoes are and why we have them.

It's called NATURE. Our atmosphere is INSANE. All kinds of shit can happen and it ain't predictable, toots.

by Anonymousreply 35505/22/2013

[quote]I can't believe y'all queens hung up on what the fuck tornadoes are and why we have them.

There's only one remarkably stupid queen who is hung up on that and can't accept that answer.

by Anonymousreply 35605/22/2013

18 pages...

Just curious, were they warned about this beforehand? Did they have time to get situated? I'm not blaming them like the Right did with the Hurricane Katrina victims, but I'm just wondering.

by Anonymousreply 35705/22/2013

They were warned on May 8, 1999 and May 3, 2003.

by Anonymousreply 35805/22/2013

r357 they had a 15 minute warning, not much time

by Anonymousreply 35905/22/2013

And now Republicans want to slash the National Weather Service's budget.

by Anonymousreply 36005/22/2013

It's okay if they want to slash the budget. The vast majority of weather disasters happen in red states anyway.

by Anonymousreply 36105/22/2013

[quote] Just curious, were they warned about this beforehand?

Yes. They were warned two days before this particular tornado that the weather for the next coupl,e of days was going to be conducive to supercell and tornado development and to keep up with weather reports via radio, tv, texts, etc and to listen for tornado sirens.

There were a few tornados in OK on May 20, the day before the Moore tornado. The area was still under tornado watch on May 21 and the sirens went off 16 minutes before the May 21 tornado hit. However, the people in that area of OK had been told to prepare for severe weather for a few days.

by Anonymousreply 36205/22/2013

Lightly mortared Cinder blocks did not prove to be a superior building material for tornadic events.

by Anonymousreply 36305/22/2013

I used to live in Oklahoma.In Duncan and that's tornado alley.Things like this are the reason some people become atheists,usually the ones who lose loved ones while the ones whose loved ones are saved often become religious fanatics and go out and kill more people by blowing up planned parenthood clinics and attacking gays.Makes you wonder if we aren't alone down here or makes you almost hope we are !

by Anonymousreply 36405/22/2013

[quote]All kinds of shit can happen and it ain't predictable, toots.

Yes it is, toots.

Weather is indeed predictable ya dumbass.

by Anonymousreply 36505/22/2013

Since they were warned, was it stupid of them to send their kids to school, or even to have the schools open? Was this discussed on the news yet? Are they questioning who decided to keep schools open?

by Anonymousreply 36605/22/2013

r366 apparently they are warned quite often that a major tornado could hit the area. As Kate Snow stated on NBC, if they closed the schools every time there was a warning, the schools would be closed for the entire month of May.

by Anonymousreply 36705/22/2013

I live in a house built into solid-as-a-rock clay and yes, we have a basement, as do almost all of the houses in the area.

by Anonymousreply 36805/22/2013

That makes sense. People probably should raise kids there.

When's the last time the area had devastation this massive from a storm (or mainly a tornado)?

by Anonymousreply 36905/22/2013

I grew up in OK and tornado warnings are not quite, but close, to being a daily occurrence this time of year. It would be impractical to close schools or evacuate every time a warning was in place.

by Anonymousreply 37005/22/2013

R366, Moore sustained heavy damage in 1999 and has been hit twice since then. Yet they will still rebuild...

by Anonymousreply 37105/22/2013

r371 it is all part of God's Plan

by Anonymousreply 37205/22/2013

Pornado- videos of tornados which have the effect of creating excitement in the viewer.

by Anonymousreply 37305/22/2013

[quote] if they closed the schools every time there was a warning, the schools would be closed for the entire month of May

It might not be a bad idea for them to close schools in April and May instead of July and August.

R366, a lot of families live in mobile homes so it was probably considered safer for the kids to be in school than to be home.

by Anonymousreply 37405/23/2013

I thought a pornado was what happened when you clicked on the wrong sites online, Della.

by Anonymousreply 37505/23/2013

Why would anyone rebuild to live in the same area if the town had been hit in 1999 and 2013? It reminds me of people whose homes were destroyed not once, but twice on the coast of Galveston, TX by hurricanes, but still they rebuild. Dumb.

by Anonymousreply 37605/23/2013

There's a thing on PBS right now which is trying to explain what tornados actually are. Something along the lines of every rectangle is square but every square is not a rectangle.

by Anonymousreply 37705/23/2013

For R377:

by Anonymousreply 37805/23/2013

Did I get it backward?

by Anonymousreply 37905/23/2013

Bless your heart.

by Anonymousreply 38005/23/2013

We have hard clay too and I not only have a basement, I also have a built-in pool. The pool guys used a cute little bulldozer that was very agile.

We are talking about one part of OK, (the area around Moore, which has been hit 4 tomes by tornados) yet I have heard so far in this thread that they have hard packed clay, bedrock, sandy soil and too much water. So are we to believe they have sand over hard-packed clay on top of watery bedrock? How strange.

Whatever happened to good old American ingenuity? I'm sure with these cute little bulldozers that costs can be kept down somewhat with half basements or quarter basements for shelter rather than full basements. The OK house of representatives has an underground storm shelter. There was talk of government funding to help defray the costs of building basements in OK. It cannot be impossible to build basements there if there was talk of subsidizing them.

I remember being told by my aunt that they couldn't have a basement in FL because the water table was too high and the basement foundation and walls would shift. To which I asked her why didn't the walls of her 6.5 ft deep swimming pool had never shifted.

by Anonymousreply 38105/23/2013

Enough with the teddy bears already!

by Anonymousreply 38205/23/2013

Has Obama gone down there yet?

by Anonymousreply 38305/23/2013

Ahhh...the pool has water in it all the time.

Anyway we don't need basements in Florida. Our tornadoes are small, not much damage done until they hit an RV park. When that happens, a large death count.

by Anonymousreply 38405/23/2013

So, they are still sticking to the, "only 24 killed." Yeah, right.

by Anonymousreply 38505/23/2013

R256 & others, There's a reason for tornadoes and volcanoes. See above^, daft one.

by Anonymousreply 38705/23/2013

Thank you, r386, you call me when the shuttle lands.

by Anonymousreply 38805/23/2013

You are not an agnostic You have just replaced the traditional God with "Mother Nature" Actions have consequences. Life adapts to changing conditions. But know of that requires a controlling force with an intent.

by Anonymousreply 38905/23/2013

No it doesn't R389. What a silly notion.

by Anonymousreply 39005/23/2013

I am now being rained on by the storm system that killed those people. I'm afraid. Thunder!! Help me.

by Anonymousreply 39105/23/2013

Why do idiots always spell "lightning" as "lightening"?

by Anonymousreply 39205/23/2013

There needs to be a lot more homosexuals in the world if nature is controlling the population with them...I mean, half of India, China and Syria...need to be gay.

by Anonymousreply 39305/23/2013

Don't question me!

by Anonymousreply 39405/23/2013

WTF....again???? Oh never mind, old thread.

by Anonymousreply 39505/23/2013

When's the telethon?

by Anonymousreply 39605/23/2013

I-5 Bridge Collapsed in Washington State, dumping people and vehicles into water! Someone make new thread.

by Anonymousreply 39705/23/2013

These are end times.

by Anonymousreply 39805/23/2013

It has begun.

by Anonymousreply 39905/23/2013

Two super cute hot boys in OKC got video footage of the tornado passing overhead.

Now I want video footage of the two of them having hot sex together! I wonder what else they do, while alone in that cellar?

Damn, they're cute.

by Anonymousreply 40005/24/2013

Republicans won't want to talk about bad bridges, since it's their tax cuts that caused the problem.

by Anonymousreply 40105/24/2013

"I grew up in OK and tornado warnings are not quite, but close, to being a daily occurrence this time of year. It would be impractical to close schools or evacuate every time a warning was in place."

Are there degrees of tornado warnings? Like, that morning had there been a warning that the chances were extremely high for a tornado that day, and one that could be particularly dangerous? Or were people truly just going about their business like any normal May day, not thinking anything unusual would happen until sixteen minutes before?

by Anonymousreply 40205/24/2013

That didn't sound like a freight train. Geez, people exaggerate.

by Anonymousreply 40305/24/2013

No joke but the average weight of the 3rd grader in OK is like 180lbs.

by Anonymousreply 40405/26/2013


by Anonymousreply 40512/02/2013

Seriously R405, you bumped this thread to say "Stupid" to a 7 month old thread? Has it been festering that long for you?

"Well, someday I might go back there. I might go back there and tell them what I think. And when I do, it'll really be something, I tell you. They won't know what hit em."

by Anonymousreply 40612/02/2013

Not stupid at all. You are unable to think clearly, as usual.

by Anonymousreply 40712/02/2013

If it was so "stupid," how did it get a rise out of you such that you are posting here in 2013?

by Anonymousreply 40812/02/2013

The audience for it was YOU, not anybody else.

by Anonymousreply 40912/02/2013
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