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Plains States Tornado Disaster Update

Release date: 
May 7, 1999
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal, state and local officials are responding to the disasters in Oklahoma and Kansas. The following is the latest information on the situation:


  • There are 41 confirmed fatalities and 751 injuries in the wake of the tornadoes. The latest reports also indicate there still 13 people are missing.

  • Current estimates indicate at least 899 structures were destroyed, 474 with major damage, and 1072 with minor damage. These include homes and businesses. The most recent damage assessments include the following:

    • Oklahoma City: 645 structures destroyed (609 residential), 376 with major damage, 908 with minor damage
    • Southern Hills Estates: 79 structures destroyed
    • Mulhall: 95% of community destroyed
    • Dover: 70 structures destroyed or with major damage
    • Shawnee: 32 structures destroyed, 28 with major damage, 73 with minor damage
    • Crescent: 30 structures destroyed, 51 with major damage
    • Perry: 28 structures destroyed, 7 with major damage, 12 minor damage
    • Tulsa: 8 structures destroyed, 7 with major damage, 60 with minor damage
    • LeFlore: 2 structures destroyed, 1 with major damage, 8 with minor damage

  • Damage to power lines, telephone lines, agricultural structures and trees is distributed along the southwest-to-northeast paths of the numerous tornadoes that hit the state. The latest estimate is 9,000 customers without power in Oklahoma City. Full restoration is expected to take seven to 12 days. At the height of the storm's impact at least 115,000 customers were without power.

  • There are eight American Red Cross (ARC) shelters open housing 165 people. ARC is also operating 10 mobile feeding stations with 30 others en route. The ARC also has 10 damage assessment teams on site.

  • Debris removal is well underway and victims have been allowed back into their homes to collect personal belongings.

  • The Disaster Field Office in Oklahoma City will be partially operational tomorrow and fully operational by Sunday.

  • A Disaster Recovery Center is expected to begin operation tomorrow morning.

  • The Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), Oklahoma-1, has been released as local health facilities are able to handle ongoing health concerns.

  • The Disaster Mortuary Assistance Team (DMORT) and Management Support Team (MST) continue operations in the area.

  • FEMA Mobile Emergency Response Systems staff from the Bothell, Wash., and Denton, Texas, have been deployed to Oklahoma City.

  • FEMA liaisons have been assigned to each of the affected localities and Community Relations teams are deploying to affected areas.

  • Eight Urban Search and Rescue dogs, handlers and support personnel are in Oklahoma City and are engaged in search missions.

  • Tinker Air Force Base in southeast Oklahoma City has been designated as the primary Base Support Installation (BSI) for support of Federal disaster operations.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had activated their Power, Water and Debris Planning and Response Teams (PRTs). The Water PRT has been deactivated. With the exception of six personnel, U.S. Army Prime Power units are deactivating and returning to their home base.

  • The U.S. Treasury is expeditin...
Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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