"Help Moore" Telethon Wednesday


By Jay Knoll

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Officials in Moore, Okla., have been focused on the search for survivors and victims of yesterday's tornado and have not fully tallied the scope of the damage.

The official death toll stands at 24, and hundreds were injured. But Moore's fire chief says he's 98 percent certain there are no more bodies or survivors in the rubble.

Scientists now say the tornado that flattened the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore yesterday was a rare and extraordinarily powerful EF5, capable of lifting reinforced buildings off the ground, hurling cars like missiles and stripping trees free of bark. Wind speeds are estimated to have reached 200 to 210 mph, as the twister cut a path 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.

The tornado was on the ground 40 minutes, flattening entire neighborhoods and leaving some lots scoured down to bare red earth. There's no count yet of how many homes are gone and how many families displaced.

KCRG-TV9 and WMT Radio are hosting a telethon Wednesday night from 5 to 7 p.m. to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes.

The event is called "Help Moore," and the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Fund. WMT's Bob Bruce Radio Experience will broadcast live from the TV9 studios. Red Cross volunteers along with KCRG-TV9 and WMT staff will be helping with the telethon.
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