Below is a copy of the actual tornado warning issued for what was to become the
deadly EF-5 Moore tornado. the warning was issued with a 36 minute lead time before
the twister struck the area and was issued 16 minutes before the twister first touched
The warning contains verbiage of the new impact-based warnings being issued by
the National Weather Service which employs tougher language in the call to
action statements to urge people to take protective action NOW. The enhanced
wording is bolded in the text below.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
301 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A
* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN CLEVELAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
* UNTIL 345 PM CDT
* AT 259 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO NEAR
NEWCASTLE. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20
THIS IS A TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR MOORE AND SOUTH OKLAHOMA CITY.
IN ADDITION TO A TORNADO...LARGE DESTRUCTIVE HAIL UP TO TENNIS BALL
SIZE IS EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.
* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MIDWEST CITY...MOORE...NEWCASTLE...STANLEY DRAPER LAKE...TINKER AIR
FORCE BASE AND VALLEY BROOK.
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. IF YOU
CANNOT GET UNDERGROUND GO TO A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A
STURDY BUILDING NOW.
TAKE COVER NOW IN A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A STURDY
BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS.