Moore Medical Center destroyed but patients, staff safe
MOORE, Oklahoma (WHDH) -- Moore’s Medical Center was destroyed by the twister. The mayor said it used to be a two-story hospital, but only one story remains. Dozens of wounded residents had to be rushed to other area hospitals.
Rubble is all that remained of what was once a bowling alley near the center of town. Moore, a suburb south of Oklahoma, looked like a ghost town after Monday’s storm. All that was left was debris. Bowling lanes, ball returns and bowling balls were scattered about. The image was similar all around Moore, where buildings in the tornado’s path were leveled.
At Moore Medical Center, according to a hospital spokes person, all 30 patients survived as did all of the staff. Thirteen patients were transferred from the Moore Medical Center to another hospital.
A movie theatre hit hard as well and everywhere you look in Moore there were scenes of such destruction.
Search and rescue efforts were underway with crews from agencies, local, state and federal trying to help people and see if any survivors were trapped. One concern for people that managed to escape the path of the tornado was the fact that there was no running water in Moore and power was still out. People, even if their homes were safe compared to other homes, were dealing with quite a bit of trouble Tuesday morning.
Many roads were still impassable making it difficult for rescue crews from surrounding states to make it into the area. For the safe of safety, major intersections and highways had exits blocked coming into Moore, only media and rescue crews were being allowed to come in as well as residents.