Massive Tornado Tears Through Oklahoma City Suburbs; Rescue Efforts Underway

Published 05/20 2013 08:12PM

Updated 05/22 2013 03:14PM

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - For the second day in a row, severe weather has torn through the Midwest United States, and now we are learning about a massive tornado moving through Moore, Oklahoma, one of the suburbs of the Oklahoma City Metro area.

As of this time, Here is what we know:

Officials say at least 51 people were killed in the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City Suburbs this afternoon.

Crews are searching for anyone trapped beneath the rubble at some schools and several other sites.

Reports are that a 2 mile wide cloud of debris was lifted into the air as home, businesses and entire neighborhoods were destroyed.

The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma tells us that this tornado began at 2:56 p.m. CDT on Monday, and ended at 3:36 p.m CDT.

The approximate path of this tornado was 20 miles, and that this tornado will be rated at least a EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, and putting the maximum sustained winds with this close to if not over 200 miles per hour.

The first Tornado Warning was issued at 2:40 p.m. CDT, which is 16 minutes before this tornado even developed.

And a lot of our viewers are already asking how they can help.  At this time, we can tell you that the American Red Cross is putting together relief efforts for the victims in the Midwest.

You can donate securely on their website

They also have information on tornado safety, and if you know of any local organizations that are working to send relief to the victims, we would love to hear about it.  Please send us an email to

The WHAG Weather Team and News Team will continue to bring you the latest information as this situation develops through the night time hours on Monday.

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