BY GEORGE LANG
MOORE — Most of the second floor of Moore Medical Center is now gone, and dozens of the cars owned by patients and caregivers are crumpled beyond repair, some piled in a heap at the center of the facility's parking lot, stacked by the force of Monday's tornado.
Residents and area workers stepped over downed power lines as they surveyed the damage from the tornado, which cut a wide swath through Tom Strouhal Little River Park along SW 4 Street and into the medical center.
Police blocked outsiders from entering the devastated residential areas on SW 6 Street and Kings Manor.
“It's just all hands on deck right now,” said Kelly Wells, public information officer for Moore Medical Center.
“As far as Moore Medical Center, all the staff has been accounted for there, and to my knowledge, all the patients have been accounted for, as well.”
For some eyewitnesses, the memory of the May 3, 1999, tornado was echoed in what they saw Monday afternoon.
Angela Glenn, 36, who lives five blocks away from the medical center, lived in the area during that first disaster.
This time, she was picking up her three children from school when the tornado pushed through from the west, and she decided to outrun it.
“I knew we shouldn't have done that,” Glenn said.
“But I didn't know what else to do.”
Curtis Cargile, 55, of Del City, also lived through the 1999 tornado, but Monday he was checking on young relatives, including a first-grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which was hit by the storm.
Back then, he lived two blocks from the tornado's path.
“It's just all over again,” Cargile said.
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