Horrific videos, images of Oklahoma, Kansas tornadoes

UPDATE: Even more amazing videos of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado are posted here (in addition to below).

Kansas and Oklahoma got hit by a series of devastating tornadoes in the past 24 hours.

Here’s some of the astounding video and photos that are popping up online. (UPDATE: Oklahoma’s Republican Senator Tom Coburn says he won’t support disaster assistance unless we cut the budget elsewhere.  In other words, Coburn is taking his own constituents hostage as budget-cutting human shields.

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These guys got literally hit by an Oklahoma tornado – that was dumb – but I will say, this is an AMAZING video:

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Yesterday’s tornado in Lincoln County, Oklahoma – the thing is HUGE, and you can see lots of little spin-off tornadoes coming off the big one:

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Video of the Wichita, KS tornado via the local ABC affiliate:

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Another horrfying video of the Oklahoma tornado, don’t know if it’s yesterday’s or today’s:

 

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A devastated neighborhood, presumably in OK – people are calling for help:

Sadly, today’s carnage didn’t stop CNN’s Erick Erickson from making a complete ass of himself:


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  • http://www.facebook.com/mariabelen.barba Maria Belen Barba

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  • BillFromDover

    Wouldn’t it make better sense to spend funds mitigating the crap we pump into the atmosphere that cause these events to grow like a home-run king on steroids?

  • MV

    Someone said if God was real then why would he create tornadoes that kill people……well first of all don’t blame God for any part of his creation – there’s a reason why weather is important for our survival – tornadoes were an inevitable part of that perfect weather system….i say blame OURSELVES for spending TRILLIONS of dollars on war machines instead of on efforts to do what we can to better strengthen our and the world’s infrastructure and shelter and creativity against natural disasters……

  • BillFromDover

    Don’t need an EF6 as an EF5 is rated for total destruction. Can’t get any worse that that.

  • Barndawg

    True, the weather patterns have changed – we all mostly accept this as fact. Calling this a ‘super tornado’ or anything of the like is just stupid. Topeka, Kansas in June of 1966 had a tornado that was estimated to be 1/2 to 1.5 miles wide, with winds well over 200 mph. There have been many more like it (and probably larger) since that time.

  • Bill_Perdue

    The weather is starting to kill us in ever increasing numbers.

    Thank you, Democrats.

    Thank you, Republicans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kurt.weldon Kurt Weldon

    i wonder when Erick Erickson will find out about simple common sense and basic human decency.

  • MichaelS

    Or alternatively… if Sandy was caused by the northeastern states’ embrace of gay marriage, then clearly THIS disaster had to have been caused by the Bible Belt’s intolerance and rejection of those same human rights.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Of course he is. Should we be surprised?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’m thinking that Inhofe and Coburn who were so parsimonious when it came to voting for funds for Hurricane Sandy victims will be there on the Senate floor tomorrow, crying their crocodile tears, and asking the rest of us for the money they lacked the generosity to give to others.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Same thing that they think each time they return worthless senators like Inhofe and Coburn.

    Coburn is currently leading the charge to demand offsets for emergency aid to his own state. His state is going to be getting federal aid in spite of the efforts of their senators not through their efforts.

    And most of them will return the same jackasses to congress without a second thought because anyone believing that pollution could change the climate for the worse must be a commie liburul hippie sheeple.

  • pappyvet

    My heart and best wishes go out to everyone who was in the way of this monster

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Bingo

  • Zachary Smith

    Fix WHAT problem? Big twisters happen all the time out west. Haven’t you seen the Wizard of Oz? Anyhow, if there have been a few more such storms, it’s simply another sign of the End Times approaching. No need to worry.

    For those who do, they might consider a shelter. The evil gobmint has plans online for a darned good design. Actually, several designs, but I’m partial to one of them.

    http://www.fema.gov/safe-room-resources/fema-p-320-taking-shelter-storm-building-safe-room-your-home-or-small-business

    Double 2×4 studs about 1 foot apart. First sheathing is some heavy sheet metal. That’s to catch ‘splinters’ if something small and moving fast smashes into the side. Next layer is some 3/4″ plywood. After that another 3/4″ plywood sheet. Finally, use some huge lag screws to fasten wood and metal to the studs with a really close spacing. FEMA is supposed to have tested this by firing a 2×4 at the wall at 100 mph. The ceiling is the same, and getting that sucker in place is a hell of a job. This is a very heavy little room. Door was the most expensive single piece of equipment. Metal framed, it has three well-spaced deadbolts. Huge metal bolts anchor the structure to a concrete garage floor with epoxy on the bottom and monster washers on the bottom sill.
    Sizing is an issue, but I’d want it large enough that everybody attending the Thanksgiving meal could get inside with standing room only. I didn’t have a modern cut-off saw then, but wouldn’t build another shelter without one.
    Sure, underground is better, but that’s not always an option.

  • benb

    I have to wonder what Oklahomans & Kansans are thinking at this moment about the wisdom of continuing the Sequester.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Poom!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    When the Dems win it back?

  • cole3244

    while some are being convinced about climate change the rabid believers will just push their heads in the sand further and wait for the good book and the man upstairs to fix the problem, no need to think when you believe, ain’t faith great.

  • Naja pallida

    Not exactly unprecedented. Moore, OK had an F5 go through it back in 1999… and there have been what they call super outbreaks that drop a number of large tornadoes in a short time span many times since they started actually tracking that sort of stuff. As soon as they decide to revise the Fujita scale to add an EF6, then we’ll know we’re screwed. :)

  • BillFromDover

    The wicked wise-ass from the west?

  • Phil

    When does the house fall on him?

  • BillFromDover

    And Pat Robinson to blame this on God’s hate of the gays in three, two, one…

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Welcome to the age of the Super Tornado.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I could swear I saw old Inhofe peddling like a warlock in one of those shots. He was wearing red shoes.

  • BillFromDover

    Just another one-in-a-thousand-year weather event, or are we now up to one-in-ten-thousand-year weather events?

    Just wondering’, Sen Inhofe.

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