Second Deadly Tornado in Oklahoma, Death Toll Rising

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 1:22 AM
June 4, 2013

tornado-damage2       The death toll from last week’s tornado in Oklahoma is up to 14 or 18 and is expected to rise.  Those numbers include three seasoned storm chasers who were trying to report the terror so that television weathermen could inform the public. Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, says that some 115 people were injured.

Scientist Tim Samaras, age 54, who had trailed, examined and categorized storms for 25 years, his 24-year old son, Paul, and his fellow scientists, Carl Young, 45––were killed with the erratic storm they were chasing turned on them.

Samaras was a famed meteorologist often seen on the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.  In ‘Death toll from Friday’s Oklahoma Tornado Rises to 14, Michael Muskal of CBS News cites the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK, as the source that their deaths are the first for scientific tornado chasers.

Muskal reports that at least six people “mainly children,” are still missing and the hope of finding them alive is fading.”  Spouting sometimes three different tornado swirls at a time, the mile-wide storm even went through Monroe, OK, the town where 11 days earlier, a tornado devastated most of its houses, businesses schools and hospital, and killed 24 people, including 10 children.

That earlier storm, traveling higher than 200 miles an hour, has now been rated as an EF5, which is the highest possible rating.  This second storm was measured at between 136 and 165 miles per hour.

As of Friday night the death toll was thought to be limited to five, including a mother and baby who were part of the huge caravan trying to run away from the storm.  But as the hours passed by, nearby Arkansas soon reported that the tornado’s rage resulted in severe flooding that claimed five more victims there.

This second storm also slammed into St. Louis, where 150 homes were damaged or destroyed. Its rage could be felt st-louis-storm-2013-2 as far east as New England, shutting down power in some 12,000 homes. It also moved downward into South Carolina. In the Oklahoma area over 91,800 homes and businesses were without electricity.

Joel Achenbach and Jason Samenow of the Washington Post point out several conflicting safety factors in storm chasing:  “The tragedy has roiled the increasingly competitive field of storm chasing and has raised the question of whether there are too many people getting too close to violent maelstroms.”

Others point to officials who didn’t mandate underground structures on housing construction, and secure-proof designations in shopping, and school areas.  Also, entirely too many automobiles were stuck in traffic on Interstate I-40 trying to run-away from the storm. Instead the storm came to them and several died.

While they discuss warmer air flows as a reason for such violent weather, meteorologists still refuse to admit its relevance to Global Warming.  Scientific and political leaders must admit what is happening in the earth, and Christians must ask God to give these leaders wisdom.  As wholesale Christian t-shirts advise:  “He that teacheth man knowledge, shall not He know? (Psalm 94: 10).”

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