Thunderstorms pummel US tornado disaster zone
More News from Agence France-Presse
MOORE, Oklahoma—Severe thunderstorms barreled through this Oklahoma City suburb at dawn Thursday, complicating clean-up efforts three days after a powerful tornado killed 24 people and destroyed 2,400 homes.
More rain was forecast to fall on Moore, soaking the disaster zone where residents had just the day before, under clear blue skies, started picking through the rubble of their destroyed houses to recover personal effects.
Localized street flooding was liable to upset access for emergency and clean-up vehicles.
Monday’s exceptionally strong tornado—one of the worst in recent years in the United States—killed 24 people, including two infants and seven pupils trapped inside their collapsed elementary school.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said 2,400 homes had been damaged and 10,000 people affected, in a community of 56,000 that was hit by an even deadlier twister in May 1999.
Late Wednesday, Governor Mary Fallin’s office updated the number of injured to 353, from 237 earlier, and said that “all people thought missing have been accounted for at this time.”
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94