The Moore American

Local News

May 21, 2013

‘This is it. This is my life’

MOORE — In the aftermath of a violent tornado ripping through Moore, residents are shocked, dazed and resolute.

For May 3, 1999, tornado survivor Anita Acosta Monday’s experience was all too familiar.

“You could see the debris. It started getting black, you could just see it all coming, like a big old thundering train coming, and I thought, ‘Oh my god. I’ve got to shut the door,’” she said. “And all of a sudden it was like roaring thunder, you could hear something break and it was just shaking. I was sitting on the floor and the whole house was shifting. I was like, ‘Oh my god. I’m going. This is it.’ I was like, ‘OK. This is it. This is it. This is my life.’”

Acosta’s house on 149th Street was left standing, but the tornado still left its mark.

“Debris everywhere, but my daughter, she works for Plaza Towers Elementary and they got fatalities over there. She’s OK,” she said. “And then my son’s house is damaged, that’s why we’re going over there. Half his house is gone.”

Plaza Towers teacher assistant Kelly Law said children at the school, located at 852 SW 11th St., took cover with staff inside the main hallways and bathrooms.

“It sounded like somebody was going through with a mower and hitting a tin roof ... I had my eyes shut, all of us teachers were covering as many heads as we could,” Law said.

OU Medical Center received about 85 patients of various ages, including 20 adults and 65 children in trauma rooms. The injuries range from minor to critical. Integris Southwest and Norman hospitals also reported treating children.

After hearing reports that Plaza Towers was one of the worst areas hit, Trina Kinsfather rushed to the area to check on the welfare of her son Brandon, a sixth-grader at the school.

Text Only
Local News
  • DHS opens lecture series

    People leaving incarceration face a variety of challenges even without a diagnosis of mental illness. But for those who face mental

    July 23, 2014

  • ‘Magic Kids’ get royal treatment

    A Moore elementary student is among three metro children honored by Oklahoma City radio station, KMGL-FM, as “Magic Kids” for their outstanding contributions to their families, schools and local communities.

    July 23, 2014

  • Toothpick holders’ convention coming

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collectio

    July 23, 2014

  • Gang member charged in shooting

    An Oklahoma City man police identified as a gang member was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon Thursday after sh

    July 23, 2014

  • Angels protect us

    A co-worker unpacked a box of copy machine paper from a cardboard box and got a nasty paper cut. Because the source was cardboard, it was deeper than most and the bleeding was difficult to stop.

    July 23, 2014

  • Southmoore student wins gold at National FCCLA

    More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country recen

    July 23, 2014

  • Moore shut out of prevention aid

    As a massive tornado bore down on Moore on the afternoon of May 20, 2013, residents scrambled to find shelter. Some retreated to safe rooms at home or in buildings. Many hid in closets, bathrooms or hallways.

    July 22, 2014

  • Sculpture brings tornado-torn community back together

    After the May 20 tornado tore through Moore in 2013, hundreds of families were left to pick up the pieces. And it was in these old, shattered pieces of people’s homes and scattered debris that two local artists found something new.

    July 22, 2014

  • Panel explains forced labor system

    Many topics were discussed over the course of three days during the 2014 Oklahoma Judicial Conference, but one of the newest issues

    July 22, 2014

  • City council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount

    July 22, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide