Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma devastation

Yesterday's devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma has killed dozens.
And more than 100 people have been pulled from the rubble.
(Photo: Sue Ogrocki/AP)   

My heart goes out the families affected by yesterday's devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. I remember well what it's like living in a twister's path. Growing up in Iowa, we knew exactly what to do when those ominous black funnels came ripping toward us. But nothing prepares you for the chaos and destruction left behind.

Two men check for survivors in the wreckage.
(Photo: Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman/AP)

Reports say yesterday afternoon's tornado was one-mile wide and traveled in excess of 200 mph. The twister destroyed schools, flattened entire neighborhoods and left a 12-mile gash in the earth. 

The good people of Oklahoma are bracing themselves for another storm today. So keep them in your prayers. To read how this story is taking shape and how you can help, click the links below:

  • Crews are searching for survivors today. (The New York Times)
  • Slide show of Oklahoma in the tornado's wake (The New Yorker)
  • How you can help. (Samaritan's Purse)
  • Get involved in the Red Cross' relief efforts. (Red Cross)