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The aftermath of yesterday’s E4 tornado– estimated to be at least 2 miles wide and have traveled 22 miles in length by the National Weather Service– that hit Moore, Oklahoma is hard to watch. It only took minutes for the storm to touch down at 2:56 p.m., 16 minutes after the first National Weather Service warning. Unfortunately, this suburban town isn’t new to the tornado devastation. In 1999 and 2003, this town experienced eerily similar twisters.

Recently, the death toll has been decreased and currently stands at 24, 9 of those fatalities being children, said a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner’s office. This number is expected to change as more people are pulled from the rubble.

CNN reported, “Still, more than 100 people had been pulled from the rubble alive since Monday afternoon, the state Highway Patrol said.”

Service men and women across the National Guard, Air National Guar, firefighters, police and volunteers have been determined to sift through the debris and find more survivors.

Among the hardest hit locations were  Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementaries and the Moore Medical Center, which took a direct hit.

Around 40,000 people are currently still without power, CNN reports. And, the storm system that produced yesterday’s E4 is still in motion past Oklahoma. According to CNN, “Southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas, including Dallas, are under the gun for severe weather Tuesday. Those areas could see large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.”

If you would like to help please read the following below:

The Red Cross

The Red Cross of Oklahoma has activated its safe and well website for those who are trying to reconnect with loved ones. Red Cross officials and volunteers are also beginning to open shelters. The first is at St. Andrews Church. You can help their efforts by donating to the Red Cross online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

For more places to donate click here.

The Skinny Mom family is keeping the people of Oklahoma in our thoughts and prayers, and are thanking all the service men and women who sacrifice to help those in need.