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Briarwood, Plaza Towers Elementary Schools Hit By Tornado In Moore, Oklahoma, Rescue Efforts Underway

May 20, 2013 | Updated May 21, 2013

Two elementary schools were directly impacted by a massive tornado in the Oklahoma City area on Monday, according to local media reports.

Plaza Towers Elementary School was flattened by the storm and Briarwood Elementary School was also reportedly severely hit. It is unclear at this time how many people were at the schools when the damage occurred, but search and rescue efforts are underway.

"Apparently some kids were being sheltered there [at Plaza Towers]," local TV station KFOR reported during its live coverage of the tornado. The local news outlet later confirmed that children were being pulled from debris at the Plaza Towers site.

According to News 9, an Oklahoma City Police Department representative has stated that there are currently no reports of injuries at the Briarwood Elementary scene. The school did, however, suffer "extensive damage."

UPDATE #3: KFOR is reporting that there were no fatalities at Briarwood Elementary and all students are accounted for.

UPDATE #2: An representative for Oklahoma Emergency Services confirmed in a press conference Monday night that there were casualties at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

UPDATE: The AP is reporting that several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at Plaza Towers Elementary School.

More from earlier:

Plaza Towers is located on the west side of Moore, just south of Oklahoma City. Briarwood Elementary is not far away, also on the same side of the town.

A local affiliate in Denver shared a photo of one of the impacted schools on Twitter:

This is a developing story. Scroll down for updates.

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While the Moore Medical Center crumbled around her on Monday afternoon, Shay-la Taylor was in labor with her second baby boy.

The mom-to-be knew about the severe weather watch as she checked into the hospital to be induced at 9 a.m. that morning, but says she wasn’t really nervous.

“We’re used to tornadoes and sirens,” the 25-year-old mom told HuffPost in a phone interview. “If you freaked out every time you heard a siren, you’d have an anxiety attack every May in Oklahoma.”

Click here to read the rest of her tale.

--Farah L. Miller

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California Cupcakery Holds Fundraising Event For Oklahoma

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"As a native Oklahoman with my parents and brother still living in Oklahoma City, I am especially heartbroken by this devastating tragedy," Charles Nelson, co-founder of Sprinkles, stated on Facebook.

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PHOTO: Kevin Durant Tours Tornado-Ravaged Moore

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Basketball player Kevin Durant viewed tornado-damaged homes in Moore, Okla., on Wednesday. The Oklahoma City Thunder star also donated $1 million to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. The Thunder later matched the $1 million donation. (Sue Ogrocki / AP)

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Mail Service Alternatives Offered In Storm-Damaged Areas

The post office branch in Moore, Okla., was one of the thousands of buildings damaged or destroyed by Monday's twister. To help residents impacted by the disaster, the US Postal Service is setting up mail service alternatives in the area, News9.com reported.

Some of the options being offered include held mail, portable post offices and delivery service through an alternative office nearby. Letter carriers will also attempt to deliver mail wherever possible.

Click here for more.

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This is a *very* young @redcross volunteer helping out at a shelter in Moore. #Oklahoma spirit starts early! Read More"},{"id":"326","created":"05/22/2013 9:22 PM EDT","title":"Health Risks May Be Lurking Under The Rubble","tweet_link":"326_health-risks-may-be-lurking-under-the-rubble","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Lynne Peeples reports:

Chris Whitley had already survived three tornadoes and had worked at the scene of dozens more before arriving in Joplin, Mo.

\"It was unlike anything I'd ever seen,\" the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman recalled of the devastation left by the deadly twister that struck the town two years ago Wednesday.

\"So far,\" he added, \"pictures from Moore are very eerily familiar.\"

As they did in the wake of the Joplin tornado, Whitley and other experts are warning of dangers that may not be obvious in photographs of the wreckage in Moore, Okla., where a mile-wide tornado tore through the town and took the lives of at least 24 people on Monday.

In addition to rusty nails, shattered glass, falling debris and loose wires, hazards such as cancer-causing asbestos and neurotoxic lead can be stirred up by the violent winds and by recovery efforts themselves. Such risks may raise the toll of death and injury over the days, even decades, ahead.

Read the rest here.

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HuffPost's Lynne Peeples reports:

Chris Whitley had already survived three tornadoes and had worked at the scene of dozens more before arriving in Joplin, Mo.

\"It was unlike anything I'd ever seen,\" the U.S. Environmental Protec...Read More"},{"id":"325","created":"05/22/2013 8:44 PM EDT","title":"Teens Search For Remains Of Home Amid The Ruins","tweet_link":"325_teens-search-for-remains-of-home-amid-the-ruins","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Saki Knafo reports:

“I’m being totally honest with you,” Darius, 15, said. “I don’t even know where we are.”

The wreckage left by the mile-wide tornado that swept across central Oklahoma, killing at least 24 people, is so comprehensive and so jumbled that it challenges the very concept of rebuilding. So little is left that it’s hard to know where to start. Thousands of people are now homeless, their houses battered beyond recognition and their futures far from clear.

For Darius, a sense of dislocation is nothing new. Until he was 8, he lived in an apartment in New Orleans. Then Hurricane Katrina hit, and he and his mom evacuated to Houston, before resettling here, in the suburbs of Oklahoma City.

His mother’s constant fights with his stepdad prompted him to seek refuge. In February, he moved into a spare room in Brandon’s home a few blocks away, effectively becoming part of the Dick family. For the first time in his life, he had a place he called home.

Now, it's gone.

Read the rest here.

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HuffPost's Saki Knafo reports:

“I’m being totally honest with you,” Darius, 15, said. “I don’t even know where we are.”

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Gov. Mary Fallin's office now reporting 353 injuries from Monday's tornado. Death count remains @ 24 fatalities. Praying for all affected.

— Linda Cavanaugh (@linda4news) Read More"},{"id":"323","created":"05/22/2013 8:26 PM EDT","title":"Residents Search For Lost Pets, Mementos Of Former Lives","tweet_link":"323_residents-search-for-lost-pets-mementos-of-former-lives","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Ben Hallman reports from Moore:

Judy Peterson has big plans for restoring her home, which was damaged in the brutal tornado that devastated this community on Monday. A man at her church has volunteered to remove the pear tree that fell on her driveway and her son-in-law, a contractor, has promised to help repair her roof and windows.

But on Wednesday afternoon, she was sitting on the pavement with her daughter in the bright sunshine at an intersection leading into her neighborhood. She had been there for a while. As with some 80 or so other residents milling around here, police had prevented Peterson from returning to her home to gather valuables and begin to clean up.

“It’s frustrating to be here because there is so much else we could be doing,” Peterson said. “I’m trying to be open-minded about the whole thing.”

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Ben Hallman reports from Moore:

Judy Peterson has big plans for restoring her home, which was damaged in the brutal tornado that devastated this community on Monday. A man at her church has volunteered to remove the pear tr...Read More"},{"id":"322","created":"05/22/2013 8:13 PM EDT","title":"Woman Goes Into Labor During Tornado","tweet_link":"322_woman-goes-into-labor-during-tornado","entry_text":"

News9 reports:

Shayla Taylor was in the middle of labor on the second floor of Moore medical when the tornado hit, but baby wasn't on her brain.

Her family, including her husband were sent downstairs to the cafeteria, but Shayla was too far along to be moved. Moments later: a direct hit.

Read more here.

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News9 reports:

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HuffPost's Michael McAuliff reports:

Oklahoma's senators can thank sequestration, and perhaps more importantly, funding for Superstorm Sandy cleanup that they opposed, for sparing them from a difficult vote on disaster aid for tornado-ravaged Oklahomans.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) argued that an aid bill for the Sooner State would be totally different than the Sandy bill. And Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) argued in an interview Wednesday that Oklahomans will get whatever they need from the federal government without new help because the the Federal Emergency Management Agency has \"$11.8 billion sitting on the side.\"

\"We're not going to come close to that with this,\" Coburn said on CBS. \"Oklahomans like to care for their own, and we'll take the help that's appropriate.\"

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Michael McAuliff reports:

Oklahoma's senators can thank sequestration, and perhaps more importantly, funding for Superstorm Sandy cleanup that Read More"},{"id":"320","created":"05/22/2013 7:20 PM EDT","title":"Full List Of Victim's Names Reportedly Released","tweet_link":"320_full-list-of-victims-names-reportedly-released","entry_text":"

The Associated Press says the state medical examiner's office has released a complete list of the names and ages of the 24 people killed in the tornado. Click here for the full list.

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The Associated Press says the state medical examiner's office has released a complete list of the names and ages of the 24 people killed in the tornado. Read More"},{"id":"319","created":"05/22/2013 6:31 PM EDT","title":"Actors Reach Out To Help Tornado Victims","tweet_link":"319_actors-reach-out-to-help-tornado-victims","entry_text":"

KFOR reports:

William H. Macy, his wife, Felicity Huffman, and other members of the Rudderless movie cast and crew reached out to help Oklahomans after the recent tornadoes.

The stars were here shooting a pivotal scene on location at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

Read more here.

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KFOR Read More"},{"id":"318","created":"05/22/2013 5:29 PM EDT","title":"Teacher's Aide Impaled While Protecting Students","tweet_link":"318_teachers-aide-impaled-while-protecting-students","entry_text":"

Suzanne Haley, a teacher's aide at Briarwood Elementary School, was impaled in her leg while protecting students during the Moore, Okla. tornado. The school was in the direct path of the twister and completely destroyed, but there were no fatalities.

Click here to read more. The post does include graphic photos.

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Moore, Oklahoma mayor: All missing accounted for; Of the 6 who were still missing, 5 are OK. http://t.co/d19E3277jO

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) 6 years ago

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Moore, Oklahoma mayor: All missing accounted for; Of the 6 who were still missing, 5 are OK. http://t.co/d19E3277jO

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) Read More"},{"id":"316","created":"05/22/2013 4:21 PM EDT","title":"Memorial Service Announced For Tornado Victims","tweet_link":"316_memorial-service-announced-for-tornado-victims","entry_text":"

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Memorial and prayer service for tornado victims announced. https://t.co/HJ9aHdlIhU

— Governor Mary Fallin (@GovMaryFallin) 2 years agoRead More"},{"id":"315","created":"05/22/2013 3:59 PM EDT","title":"Two Victims IDed As Young Mother And Baby","tweet_link":"315_two-victims-ided-as-young-mother-and-baby","entry_text":"

Megan Futrell, a 29-year-old mother of two, died in Monday's tornado with her 4-month-old child, Case, according to a statement emailed to The Huffington Post by the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Futrell and her baby were killed when the roof collapsed on a 7-Eleven, where the two were sheltered in a walk-in cooler, the Oklahoman reports. Just minutes before, Futrell had grabbed Case from a babysitter and run inside the store to wait out the tornado. She realized she couldn't outrun the storm in her car, the paper notes.

Click here to read more.

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Megan Futrell, a 29-year-old mother of two, died in Read More"},{"id":"314","created":"05/22/2013 3:32 PM EDT","title":"Christie Says Victims Deserve Immediate Aid In Cleanup","tweet_link":"314_christie-says-victims-deserve-immediate-aid-in-cleanup","entry_text":"

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has asked for \"swift and immediate\" aid following the Oklahoma tornado and asked lawmakers to set aside partisanship and any \"political retribution.\"

Read more here.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has asked for \"swift and immediate\" aid following the Oklahoma tornado and asked lawmakers to set a...Read More"},{"id":"313","created":"05/22/2013 2:58 PM EDT","title":"Moore, Okla. Roads To Open Later Today","tweet_link":"313_moore-okla-roads-to-open-later-today","entry_text":"

City of Moore-roads will be open after 3 PM. Must show ID/credentials to get into the neighborhoods.

— City of Moore (@cityofmoore) 2 years ago

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City of Moore-roads will be open after 3 PM. Must show ID/credentials to get into the neighborhoods.

— City of Moore (@cityofmoore) 2 yea...Read More"},{"id":"312","created":"05/22/2013 2:30 PM EDT","title":"KFOR: Medical Examiner Asking For Help","tweet_link":"312_kfor-medical-examiner-asking-for-help","entry_text":"

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Amy Elliot of the OK Medical Examiner Office is asking for help returning 8 deceased to their loved ones. Contact them at 405-239-4171

— KFOR (@kfor) Read More"},{"id":"311","created":"05/22/2013 2:05 PM EDT","title":"Six People Still Unaccounted For","tweet_link":"311_six-people-still-unaccounted-for","entry_text":"

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Six people unaccounted for following Monday's Oklahoma tornado, official says http://t.co/d19E3277jO

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) Read More"},{"id":"310","created":"05/22/2013 1:59 PM EDT","title":"Karrina And Sydnee Vargyas: Family Mourns Loss Of Young Daughters Killed In Tornado","tweet_link":"310_karrina-and-sydnee-vargyas-family-mourns-loss-of-young-daughters-killed-in-tornado","entry_text":"

As families across Oklahoma start to pick up the pieces in the wake of Monday's devastating tornado, one family is reeling after the loss of two of their children to the storm..

Speaking with the Daily Mail, the childrens' father, Phillip Vargyas, still sounded dazed.

\"We just don’t know what to do anymore,\" he said, adding, \"At this point we have a lot of things to do, little things to do for the girls. ... We are trying to move in the right direction but it’s hard to know where to go at all, what to do.\"

\"karrina

Photo courtesy of: KCEN-TV.

Read more here.

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Rep. Tom Cole on bipartisan tornado response: \"I have gotten more texts from both sides of the aisle on this than over my entire career combined.\"

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Rep. Tom Cole on bipartisan tornado response: \"I have gotten more texts from both sides of the aisle on this than over my entire career combined.\"

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the federal government will financially support clean up efforts following the Moore tornado.

\"The federal government will assume 85 percent of the cost for the first 30 days, 80 percent for the next 60 days. That will allow the state and communities to draw funds very quickly.\"

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the federal government will financially support clean up efforts following the Moore tornado.

\"The federal government will assume 85 percent of the cost for the first 30 days, 80 percent for th...Read More"},{"id":"307","created":"05/22/2013 1:44 PM EDT","title":"Moore Mayor Predicts People Will Rebuild With Storm Shelters","tweet_link":"307_moore-mayor-predicts-people-will-rebuild-with-storm-shelters","entry_text":"

Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said during a press conference, \"If you ask most people out there, they're going to rebuild, and they're probably going to get a storm shelter.\"

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Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said during a press conference, \"If you ask most people out there, they're going to rebuild, and they're probably going to get a storm shelter.\"

"},{"id":"306","created":"05/22/2013 1:40 PM EDT","title":"OKC Mayor: 12,000 To 13,000 Homes Destroyed Or Damaged","tweet_link":"306_okc-mayor-12000-to-13000-homes-destroyed-or-damaged","entry_text":"

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BREAKING: Oklahoma City mayor says 12,000 to 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed by tornado.

— The Associated Press (@AP) 3 years ago

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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett: \"This is going to be a tough weekend as we bury those children who died in the elementary school.\"

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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett: \"This is going to be a tough weekend as we bury those children who died in the elementary school.\"

"},{"id":"304","created":"05/22/2013 1:32 PM EDT","title":"President Obama To Visit OK","tweet_link":"304_president-obama-to-visit-ok","entry_text":"

President Obama to visit Oklahoma town devastated by F5 tornado, source tells @AP

— Breaking News Storm (@breakingstorm) 1 year ago

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President Obama to visit Oklahoma town devastated by F5 tornado, source tells @AP

— Breaking News Storm (@breakingstorm) Read More"},{"id":"303","created":"05/22/2013 1:28 PM EDT","title":"Rep. Tom Cole: Bipartisan Response Will Come From Congress","tweet_link":"303_rep-tom-cole-bipartisan-response-will-come-from-congress","entry_text":"

Rep. Tom Cole: \"We're going to be working in a very bipartisan way -- that actually does work in D.C. I have no doubt that we'll have a tremendous long-term response.\"

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Rep. Tom Cole: \"We're going to be working in a very bipartisan way -- that actually does work in D.C. I have no doubt that we'll have a tremendous long-term response.\"

"},{"id":"302","created":"05/22/2013 1:23 PM EDT","title":"Head Of American Red Cross On Moore Tornado","tweet_link":"302_head-of-american-red-cross-on-moore-tornado","entry_text":"

Gail McGovern, head of American Red Cross: \"I'm no stranger to disaster, but this is a rough one.\"

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Gail McGovern, head of American Red Cross: \"I'm no stranger to disaster, but this is a rough one.\"

"},{"id":"301","created":"05/22/2013 1:21 PM EDT","title":"Secretary Of Homeland Security On Oklahoma Cleanup","tweet_link":"301_secretary-of-homeland-security-on-oklahoma-cleanup","entry_text":"

During a press conference today on clean up efforts after the Moore tornado, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urged residents to register with FEMA:

\"We know that people are really hurting, there's a lot of recovery yet to do. On behalf of President Obama and on behalf of FEMA, we will be here to stay until the cleanup is complete.\"

","short_text":"

During a press conference today on clean up efforts after the Moore tornado, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano urged residents to register with FEMA:

\"We know that people are really hurting, there's a lot of recovery yet to do. On ...Read More"},{"id":"300","created":"05/22/2013 1:15 PM EDT","title":"Gov. Mary Fallin: Clean Up 'Moving Along Very Well'","tweet_link":"300_gov-mary-fallin-clean-up-moving-along-very-well","entry_text":"

During a press conference today, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said clean up efforts are progressing well.

\"It is moving along very well, it is a big project... but we are making some progress. I could see that we were clearing off some of our public area of the debris.\"

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During a press conference today, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said clean up efforts are progressing well.

\"It is moving along very well, it is a big project... but we are making some progress. I could see that we were clearing off some of our public...Read More"},{"id":"299","created":"05/22/2013 1:03 PM EDT","title":"WATCH LIVE: Press Conference To Soon Begin","tweet_link":"299_watch-live-press-conference-to-soon-begin","entry_text":"

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A sign in Moore today (photo: @kyunglahcnn) twitter.com/KyungLahCN...Read More"},{"id":"297","created":"05/22/2013 12:39 PM EDT","title":"10 Children Confirmed Among The Dead After Oklahoma Tornado","tweet_link":"297_10-children-confirmed-among-the-dead-after-oklahoma-tornado","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Katherine Bindley reports:

Ten children, two of them just infants, are among those who have been confirmed dead after a mile-wide tornado tore through central Oklahoma on Monday and devastated the town of Moore, according to the state's office of the chief medical examiner.

In a statement provided to The Huffington Post by email, the office released many of the names and ages of the victims and confirmed that the death toll stands at 24.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Katherine Bindley reports:

Ten children, two of them just infants, are among those who have been confirmed dead after a mile-wide Read More"},{"id":"296","created":"05/22/2013 12:14 PM EDT","title":"LOOK: Bank Vault Saves 22 Lives During Tornado","tweet_link":"296_look-bank-vault-saves-22-lives-during-tornado","entry_text":"

As search-and-rescue teams continue to sift through the rubble to ensure all survivors have been accounted for, 22 Moore residents, who took cover in a bank vault during the Oklahoma tornado, have their local credit union to thank for providing shelter during the destructive storm.

\"tornado

Photo courtesy of Tinker Federal Credit Union

Read the full story on HuffPost Green.

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\"moore

A neighborhood in Moore, seen at about 6 p.m. Monday evening. Photo by HuffPost reader Shelby Langdon.

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A neighborhood in Moore, seen at about 6 p.m. Monday evening. Photo by HuffPost reader Shelby Langdon.

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\"moore

Photo by Brian McEvoy, friend of HuffPost reader Shelby Langdon.

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Photo by Brian McEvoy, friend of HuffPost reader Shelby Langdon.

"},{"id":"293","created":"05/22/2013 11:51 AM EDT","title":" Medical Examiner Confirms 10 Children, Including 2 Infants, Dead","tweet_link":"293_-medical-examiner-confirms-10-children-including-2-infants-dead","entry_text":"

The chief administrative officer for the Oklahoma Office Of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed in an email to The Huffington Post that 10 children under the age of 10 died in the tornado. Among the dead are two infants under one year old.

","short_text":"

The chief administrative officer for the Oklahoma Office Of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed in an email to The Huffington Post that 10 children under the age of 10 died in the tornado. Among the dead are two infants under one year old.

"},{"id":"292","created":"05/22/2013 11:42 AM EDT","title":"Local News Source Reports Damage Could Top $2 Billion","tweet_link":"292_local-news-source-reports-damage-could-top-2-billion","entry_text":"

Oklahoma tornado damage could top $2 billion http://t.co/NPbbFRFG7H

— KOCO-5 Oklahoma City (@koconews) 4 years ago

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Oklahoma tornado damage could top $2 billion http://t.co/NPbbFRFG7H

— KOCO-5 Oklahoma City (@koconews) 4...Read More"},{"id":"291","created":"05/22/2013 11:31 AM EDT","title":"Medical Examiner Confirms 10 Children Dead","tweet_link":"291_medical-examiner-confirms-10-children-dead","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

Oklahoma Medical Examiner update: 24 confirmed dead from tornado. But 10 children died including two infants.

— Russell Lewis (@NPRrussell) Read More"},{"id":"290","created":"05/22/2013 11:21 AM EDT","title":"Governor Releases Official Fatality/ Injury Count","tweet_link":"290_governor-releases-official-fatality-injury-count","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

Official fatality/injury count for #Moore tornado: 24 dead/324 injured. Please send prayers & consider making donations to those affected.

— Governor Mary Fallin (@GovMaryFallin) Read More"},{"id":"289","created":"05/22/2013 10:57 AM EDT","title":"NWS: 13,500 People In Tornado's Path","tweet_link":"289_nws-13500-people-in-tornados-path","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

There were approximately 13,500 people in the path of the Newcastle-Moore-OKC tornado on May 20th. #okwx

— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) 1 year ag...Read More"},{"id":"288","created":"05/22/2013 10:18 AM EDT","title":"News9: Residents Can Return To Some Areas With ID","tweet_link":"288_news9-residents-can-return-to-some-areas-with-id","entry_text":"

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UPDATE: Effective immediately residents allowed to enter the tornado affected areas west of S. Western. Resident must present ID. #okwx

— News 9 (@NEWS9) Read More"},{"id":"287","created":"05/22/2013 10:01 AM EDT","title":"NEWS9: School Search Ends","tweet_link":"287_news9-school-search-ends","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

BREAKING NEWS: Moore Fire Department announced Wednesday morning that the search at Plaza Towers Elementary School has ended. #okwx

— News 9 (@NEWS9) Read More"},{"id":"286","created":"05/22/2013 9:58 AM EDT","title":"Some Homeowners Being Allowed To Return With Vehicles","tweet_link":"286_some-homeowners-being-allowed-to-return-with-vehicles","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

OKC: Some homeowners being allowed in the tornado affected area with trucks and trailers: http://t.co/axocfDRDJs

— The City of OKC (@cityofokc) Read More"},{"id":"285","created":"05/22/2013 9:33 AM EDT","title":"Moore Mayor Tells CNN He Wants Law Requiring Shelters","tweet_link":"285_moore-mayor-tells-cnn-he-wants-law-requiring-shelters","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

Mayor in tornado-hit town wants law requiring shelters, safe rooms in new housing projects. http://t.co/sQrFvOo4ef

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) Read More"},{"id":"284","created":"05/22/2013 9:20 AM EDT","title":"Lost And Found Pets Website","tweet_link":"284_lost-and-found-pets-website","entry_text":"

A lost and found website has been created to help pet owners. Check out the site here.

If you want to help a pet in need of a home, visit the Humane Society's website.

","short_text":"

A lost and found website has been created to help pet owners. Check out the site here.

If you want to help a pet in need of a home, vi...Read More"},{"id":"283","created":"05/22/2013 9:00 AM EDT","title":"Surviving In A School Bathroom","tweet_link":"283_surviving-in-a-school-bathroom","entry_text":"

A Plaza Towers Elementary School student recounts his experience surviving the tornado in a bathroom to the Washington Post:

Perhaps 70 or 80 children jammed into the bathroom, he said. Some were standing. Some were sitting on the floor. His twin sister, Alexia, was huddled under a sink on the other side of the restroom. Some teachers were standing. When the tornado hit, they threw themselves on top of the children, he said.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

A Plaza Towers Elementary School student recounts his experience surviving the tornado in a bathroom to the Washington Post:

Perhaps 70 or 80 children jammed into the bathroom, he said. Some were standing. Some were sitting on the flo...Read More"},{"id":"282","created":"05/22/2013 8:37 AM EDT","title":"FEMA Chief: Feds Won't Go 'When The Cameras Leave'","tweet_link":"282_fema-chief-feds-wont-go-when-the-cameras-leave","entry_text":"

AP reports:

FEMA's Craig Fugate promises in an interview that officials won't desert Oklahoma, saying \"We don't leave here when the cameras leave. We stay here and get the job done.\" Fugate tells CNN that the agency has enough money to assist the people of Moore, Okla., who were caught in the path of destruction as the nearly 1.3-mile-wide twister struck Monday afternoon.

Read the full story here.

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AP reports:

FEMA's Craig Fugate promises in an interview that officials won't desert Oklahoma, saying \"We don't leave here when the cameras leave. We stay here and get the job done.\" Fugate tells CNN that the agency has enough money t...Read More"},{"id":"281","created":"05/22/2013 8:14 AM EDT","title":"County Offers Free Tetanus Shots","tweet_link":"281_county-offers-free-tetanus-shots","entry_text":"

According to News 9, Cleveland County is offering free tetanus shots today:

Given the many piles of metal and nails, \"There's a high risk survivors, emergency responders and volunteers could cut themselves on debris.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

According to News 9, Cleveland County is offering free tetanus shots today:

Given the many piles of metal and nails, \"There's a high risk survivors, emergency responders and volunteers could cut themselves on debris.\"

Read More"},{"id":"280","created":"05/22/2013 8:00 AM EDT","title":"Panoramic Images Document Where The Disaster Hit","tweet_link":"280_panoramic-images-document-where-the-disaster-hit","entry_text":"

The New York Times has taken panoramic images to compare regions before and after the tornado struck. Click here to view the photos.

","short_text":"

The New York Times has taken panoramic images to compare regions before and after the tornado struck. Click here to view the photos.

"},{"id":"279","created":"05/22/2013 7:45 AM EDT","title":"Returning To What Is Left Of Their Homes","tweet_link":"279_returning-to-what-is-left-of-their-homes","entry_text":"

AP reports:

With her son holding her elbow, Colleen Arvin walked up her driveway to what was left of her house for 40 years.

It was the 83-year-old grandmother's first time back at her home since a monstrous and deadly tornado ravaged her neighborhood in suburban Oklahoma City. Part of the roof was sitting in the front yard, and the siding from the front of the house was gone. As her son, Jeff, and her grandsons picked through what was left of her belongings, Arvin found some dark humor in the situation.

\"Oh thank God,\" she said, laughing, when a grandson brought over her keys. \"We can get in the house.\"

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

AP reports:

With her son holding her elbow, Colleen Arvin walked up her driveway to what was left of her house for 40 years.

It was the 83-year-old grandmother's first time back at her home since a monstrous and deadly tornado r...Read More"},{"id":"278","created":"05/22/2013 7:40 AM EDT","title":"Lawmaker Seeks $500M Bond Issue","tweet_link":"278_lawmaker-seeks-500m-bond-issue","entry_text":"

Oklahoma lawmaker seeks $500M bond issue to pay for more #tornado shelters for schools & homes. http://t.co/mIqe7XzjyV

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

Oklahoma lawmaker seeks $500M bond issue to pay for more #tornado shelters for schools & homes. http://t.co/mIqe7XzjyV

— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) Read More"},{"id":"277","created":"05/22/2013 7:18 AM EDT","title":"Rep. Tom Cole Addresses The Need For School Shelters","tweet_link":"277_rep-tom-cole-addresses-the-need-for-school-shelters","entry_text":"

\"I think that's certainly worth looking at\" @Tomcoleok04 on whether schools in tornado alley need underground shelters @CBSThisMorning

— Norah O'Donnell (@NorahODonnell) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

\"I think that's certainly worth looking at\" @Tomcoleok04 on whether schools in tornado alley need underground shelters @CBSThisMorning

— Norah O'Donnell (@Norah...Read More"},{"id":"276","created":"05/22/2013 7:12 AM EDT","title":"Parent: 'I Was Like A Crazy Person'","tweet_link":"276_parent-i-was-like-a-crazy-person","entry_text":"

TIME reports on the experience for parents trying to find their children after the tornado:

Stephen was one of many parents who beat a path for the school as soon as the tornado cleared. “I was like a crazy person, running towards the wreckage,” she says. “Wailing.” A mother of a classmate told her that Abigail had been killed in the collapse – a horrific mistake, it turned out, one of many in the tornado’s chaotic aftermath.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

TIME reports on the experience for Read More"},{"id":"275","created":"05/22/2013 6:56 AM EDT","title":"Doctors Scrambled Ahead Of Twister","tweet_link":"275_doctors-scrambled-ahead-of-twister","entry_text":"

Monday was slated to be an ordinary day for the medical staff at Moore Medical Center. Everyone was aware that bad weather had been forecast, but no one expected an F-5 tornado.

Then the alerts began airing on the hospital's intercom, The Oklahoman reported.

[Dr. Stephanie]Barnhart’s group of about a dozen people retreated to another area deeper within the hospital where a single TV tracked the tornado’s relentless progress toward them.

In the meantime, two more emergency room patients had arrived, one by ambulance having suffered a seizure and another, a young girl, who’d suffered an asthma attack.

Staff members handed out blankets and pulled mattresses from gurneys that people used to cover themselves. Barnhart’s group was joined by several other staff members as well as a half-dozen patients in wheelchairs who were staying in rooms on the second floor.

Nobody talked. The only sound came from the television and the girl suffering from asthma and her mother, who both sobbed quietly.

“We knew it was coming for us,” Barnhart said.

Read the gripping story of what happened next here.

","short_text":"

Monday was slated to be an ordinary day for the medical staff at Moore Medical Center. Everyone was aware that bad weather had been forecast, but no one expected an F-5 tornado.

Then the alerts began airing on the hospital's intercom, Read More"},{"id":"274","created":"05/22/2013 2:32 AM EDT","title":"Board Games Beat Twister, But The Wall Was Not So Lucky","tweet_link":"274_board-games-beat-twister-but-the-wall-was-not-so-lucky","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

NEW: Incredible image via Steven White of WKRN-TV: Moore, OK house blown away; board games untouched on shelftwitpic.com/csbefn

— Shawn...Read More"},{"id":"273","created":"05/22/2013 2:23 AM EDT","title":"This Puppy Is A Survivor","tweet_link":"273_this-puppy-is-a-survivor","entry_text":"

After a long day- this made me smile:) This puppy made it thru the Tornado safely in a underground shelter #Moore, OK twitter.com/jwhittalTWN/st…

— Jaclyn Whittal (@jwhittalTWN) May 22, 2013

","short_text":"

After a long day- this made me smile:) This puppy made it thru the Tornado safely in a underground shelter #Moore, OK Read More"},{"id":"272","created":"05/22/2013 12:55 AM EDT","title":"Okla. Man Tells The Story Of Surviving 2 EF-5 Twisters","tweet_link":"272_okla-man-tells-the-story-of-surviving-2-ef5-twisters","entry_text":"

George Posey hid inside a bedroom closet with his family on Monday when a massive tornado touched down in his hometown of Moore, Okla. The 65-year-old man survived the twister, but it wasn't the first time he's come face-to-face with the destructive powers of nature, USA Today reported. In 1999, Posey survived another EF-5 tornado by huddling inside his daughter's cellar.

Both times, Posey's family and home made it through unscathed. But Posey now joins scores of others in the region with the unique distinction of having survived two EF-5 tornadoes – the highest reading on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity with wind speeds of more than 200 mph.

\"You don't want to do it once, believe me,\" Posey said Tuesday. \"It's not something you even want to think of doing.\"

Click here for more.

","short_text":"

George Posey hid inside a bedroom closet with his family on Monday when a massive tornado touched down in his hometown of Moore, Okla. The 65-year-old man survived the twister, but it Read More"},{"id":"271","created":"05/22/2013 12:12 AM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Residents Try To Salvage What They Can","tweet_link":"271_photo-residents-try-to-salvage-what-they-can","entry_text":"

\"moore

Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

","short_text":"

Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

"},{"id":"270","created":"05/21/2013 11:51 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Insulation Hangs From Rafters Of Destroyed Liquor Store","tweet_link":"270_photo-insulation-hangs-from-rafters-of-destroyed-liquor-store","entry_text":"

\"moore

Insulation hangs from the rafters of a liquor store destroyed by the May 21, 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. (Brett Deering / Getty Images)

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Insulation hangs from the rafters of a liquor store destroyed by the May 21, 2013 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. (Brett Deering / Getty Images)
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"},{"id":"269","created":"05/21/2013 11:44 PM EDT","title":"A Breakdown Of Tornadoes Over Time","tweet_link":"269_a-breakdown-of-tornadoes-over-time","entry_text":"

Brad Plumer created \"A short history of violent tornadoes in the United States\" for the Washington Post, and concluded that \"The short takeaway is that tornadoes aren’t really getting more common or violent over time — but more and more people do seem to be living in tornado-prone areas.\" Click here to check out the full analysis.

","short_text":"

Brad Plumer created \"A short history of violent tornadoes in the United States\" for the Washington Post...Read More"},{"id":"268","created":"05/21/2013 11:25 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Home In Moore Severely Damaged","tweet_link":"268_photo-home-in-moore-severely-damaged","entry_text":"

\"moore

A home in Moore, Okla. sits severely damaged Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after Monday's massive tornado moved through the area. (Alonzo Adams / AP)

","short_text":"

A home in Moore, Okla. sits severely damaged Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after Monday's massive tornado moved through the area. (Alonzo Adams / AP)

"},{"id":"267","created":"05/21/2013 11:20 PM EDT","title":"Estimate Suggests 2,400 Homes Damaged","tweet_link":"267_estimate-suggests-2400-homes-damaged","entry_text":"

Okla. Emergency Mgmt: About 2400 homes were damaged by #tornado in Moore & Oklahoma City; 10,000 people affected. http://t.co/O3xr8gihBJ

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) 6 years ago

","short_text":"

Okla. Emergency Mgmt: About 2400 homes were damaged by #tornado in Moore & Oklahoma City; 10,000 people affected. http://t.co/O3xr8gihBJ

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk...Read More"},{"id":"266","created":"05/21/2013 11:12 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Moore Destruction","tweet_link":"266_photo-moore-destruction","entry_text":"

\"moore

Men look at their backyard after a tornado devastated their neighborhood on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

","short_text":"

Men look at their backyard after a tornado devastated their neighborhood on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. (Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images)

"},{"id":"265","created":"05/21/2013 11:04 PM EDT","title":"CNN: Moore, Oklahoma Mayor Doesn't Expect Death Toll To Climb Any Higher","tweet_link":"265_cnn-moore-oklahoma-mayor-doesnt-expect-death-toll-to-climb-any-higher","entry_text":"

Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis told CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday night, \"We feel like we have basically gone from rescue and searching to recovery.\"

Read more here.

","short_text":"

Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis told CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday night, \"We feel like we have basically gone from rescue and searching to recovery.\"

Read more here.

"},{"id":"264","created":"05/21/2013 10:40 PM EDT","title":"Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert Honor Tornado Victims","tweet_link":"264_blake-shelton-and-miranda-lambert-honor-tornado-victims","entry_text":"

Read about it here.

","short_text":"

Read about it here.

"},{"id":"263","created":"05/21/2013 10:32 PM EDT","title":"'The Voice' Honors Tornado Victims","tweet_link":"263_the-voice-honors-tornado-victims","entry_text":"

#TheVoice sure had a nice tribute for the victims of Oklahoma's tornadoes tonight http://t.co/MEDbiwc6lX

— 2NEWS Works for You (@KJRH2HD) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

#TheVoice sure had a nice tribute for the victims of Oklahoma's tornadoes tonight http://t.co/MEDbiwc6lX

— 2NEWS Works for You (@KJRH2HD) Read More"},{"id":"262","created":"05/21/2013 10:17 PM EDT","title":"FEMA Thanks Community Hackathon Participants","tweet_link":"262_fema-thanks-community-hackathon-participants","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

5/21- Thanks to those participating in the #drupal4OK community organized hackathon tonight. #okwx #tech

— FEMA (@fema) 4 years ago

Read More"},{"id":"261","created":"05/21/2013 10:03 PM EDT","title":"'It's Complete Devastation Out There'","tweet_link":"261_its-complete-devastation-out-there","entry_text":"

\"moore

Amanda Hunt, friend of HuffPost reader Shelby Langdon, took this photo of a street in Moore. Langdon said, \"It's complete devastation out here.\"

","short_text":"

Amanda Hunt, friend of HuffPost reader Shelby Langdon, took this photo of a street in Moore. Langdon said, \"It's complete devastation out here.\"

"},{"id":"260","created":"05/21/2013 9:45 PM EDT","title":"HuffPost Reader Shares Image Of Moore Devastation","tweet_link":"260_huffpost-reader-shares-image-of-moore-devastation","entry_text":"

\"moore

From HuffPost reader Shelby Langdon in Moore, Okla.

","short_text":"

From HuffPost reader Shelby Langdon in Moore, Okla.

"},{"id":"259","created":"05/21/2013 9:30 PM EDT","title":"Free Vision Services For Tornado Victims","tweet_link":"259_free-vision-services-for-tornado-victims","entry_text":"

News9 reports:

A special vision relief clinic will be held Tuesday, May 28th – Friday, May 31st from 9am – 5pm at Graceway Baptist Church, 1100 SW 104th, for victims of the tornado who lost their eyeglasses and contact lenses.

These services will be offered at no charge to people who have badges identifying them as victims.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

News9 reports:

A special vision relief clinic will be held Tuesday, May 28th – Friday, May 31st from 9am – 5pm at ...Read More"},{"id":"258","created":"05/21/2013 9:21 PM EDT","title":"LOOK: Interactive Map Shows Damage And Relief Sites","tweet_link":"258_look-interactive-map-shows-damage-and-relief-sites","entry_text":"

Take a look at how Moore's downtown is faring below. Click on the green items to learn about safe zones and relief centers, while red indicates what was destroyed:

","short_text":"

Take a look at how Moore's downtown is faring below. Click on the green items to learn about safe zones and relief centers, while red indicates what was destroyed:

"},{"id":"257","created":"05/21/2013 9:15 PM EDT","title":"Moore Residents Take Stock Of Deadly Tornado's Full Horror","tweet_link":"257_moore-residents-take-stock-of-deadly-tornados-full-horror","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Ben Hallman reports from Moore, Okla.:

Mary Higgins never made it to shelter. And so she survived.

The shelter was the elementary school across the street, one of two that would be destroyed by the devastating tornado that tore through this Oklahoma City suburb Monday, killing at least 24 and injuring hundreds more.

Just before the storm hit, Mary's husband, Brian, called to tell her to flee their home, which lacked an emergency shelter, and take refuge at the school.

But when she opened her front door, she was confronted by a rushing wall of black noise. She turned and sprinted back inside the house and took cover in an interior room.

Moments later, the blackness engulfed her.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Ben Hallman reports from Moore, Okla.:

Mary Higgins never made it to shelter. And so she survived.

The shelter was the elementary school across the street, one of two that would be destroyed by the devastating tornado...Read More"},{"id":"256","created":"05/21/2013 9:02 PM EDT","title":"Lost Cat's Owner Located","tweet_link":"256_lost-cats-owner-located","entry_text":"

We've found the owner of the cat! @philsnews She will be in contact with Kim shortly! #okcfox http://t.co/uKUJNfJ0pf

— KOKH FOX 25 (@OKCFOX) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

We've found the owner of the cat! @philsnews She will be in contact with Kim shortly! #okcfox http://t.co/uKUJNfJ0pf

— KOKH FO...Read More"},{"id":"255","created":"05/21/2013 8:56 PM EDT","title":"Should We Rebuild After Natural Disasters?","tweet_link":"255_should-we-rebuild-after-natural-disasters","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Jaweed Kaleem reports:

As recovery slowly begins after deadly tornadoes flattened subdivisions in Moore, Okla., and tore through nearby areas, the complex question has come up again for the disaster-prone region that sits within Tornado Alley.

Moore, a 55,000-resident city south of Oklahoma City, is no stranger to destruction. A 1999 tornado that wreaked havoc upon Moore had winds topping 300 miles per hour, and it was slammed by smaller tornadoes in 1998, 2003 and 2010. But each time, like dozens of other American communities prone to natural disaster, it has rebuilt.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Jaweed Kaleem reports:

As recovery slowly begins after deadly tornadoes flattened subdivisions in Moore, Okla., and tore through nearby areas, the complex question has come up again for the disaster-prone region that sits w...Read More"},{"id":"254","created":"05/21/2013 8:43 PM EDT","title":"Social Media 'Storm Chasers' Take Grave Risks","tweet_link":"254_social-media-storm-chasers-take-grave-risks","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Molly O'Toole and Timothy Stenovec report:

When Tim Baker began racing to the front lines of unfolding natural disasters 18 years ago, it was just him, his video cameras and the tornado.

But those \"good old days\" are over. Now, when Baker chases tornadoes, he finds himself joined by a mix of curious onlookers, amateurs taking photos with smartphones, and a growing cadre of self-made, semi-professional storm chasers -- seeking adventure, wealth or at least exposure for storm videos distributed via social media.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Molly O'Toole and Timothy Stenovec report:

When Read More"},{"id":"253","created":"05/21/2013 8:31 PM EDT","title":"Oklahoma Attorney General Warns Of Charity Scams","tweet_link":"253_oklahoma-attorney-general-warns-of-charity-scams","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

The office said Tuesday that scams tend to pop up after major disasters and that Oklahomans and people around the country should only donate to reputable groups, such as the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt says his office has more than 30 field investigators to combat fraud, scams and price gouging that may emerge in the days after the Moore tornado.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

The office said Tuesday that scams tend to pop up after major disaste...Read More"},{"id":"252","created":"05/21/2013 8:14 PM EDT","title":"Two Men Reportedly Arrested In Moore","tweet_link":"252_two-men-reportedly-arrested-in-moore","entry_text":"

2 men arrested for looting in Moore. Bob Mills SkyNews9 HD was over the scene as it happened. http://t.co/Mk0mdBzlBa http://t.co/PzH3rQ3s7k

— News 9 (@NEWS9) 4 years ago

","short_text":"

2 men arrested for looting in Moore. Bob Mills SkyNews9 HD was over the scene as it happened. http://t.co/Mk0mdBzlBa http://t.co/PzH3rQ3s7k

— News 9 (@NEWS9) Read More"},{"id":"251","created":"05/21/2013 7:49 PM EDT","title":"Oklahoma Disaster Insurance Payments May Be Inadequate","tweet_link":"251_oklahoma-disaster-insurance-payments-may-be-inadequate","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Kim Bhasin reports:

As people in central Oklahoma emerge from the wreckage of the tornado that flattened entire neighborhoods, some will face another bitter realization: Residents of Moore and neighboring areas may lack insurance coverage to compensate them for the loss of all of their worldly possessions.

About 98 percent of homeowners carry insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Standard homeowner and business insurance policies cover wind damage from tornadoes and thunderstorms, but some individuals and companies choose to buy less insurance than they need to keep costs down. As a result, some Oklahoma homeowners and businesses will find that they lack enough insurance to fully rebuild, even though their policies may cover a portion of their losses.

Many residents affected by tornado damage in Oklahoma rented apartments or mobile homes, and are unlikely to have an insurance policy to cover any losses at all, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak told NewsOK.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Kim Bhasin reports:

As people in central Oklahoma emerge from the wreckage of the tornado that flattened entire neighbo...Read More"},{"id":"250","created":"05/21/2013 7:41 PM EDT","title":"Local News Source Reports Public Schools To Close For Rest Of Academic Year","tweet_link":"250_local-news-source-reports-public-schools-to-close-for-rest-of-academic-year","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

UPDATE: Moore Public Schools will be closed rest of the school year. #tornado #okwx #kocowx #405Strong

— KOCO-5 Oklahoma City (@koconews) 4 y...Read More"},{"id":"249","created":"05/21/2013 7:32 PM EDT","title":"Schools Face Tough Choices As A Tornado Nears","tweet_link":"249_schools-face-tough-choices-as-a-tornado-nears","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Joy Resmovits reports:

As the tornado hit, the Moore, Okla., school evacuated fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to a nearby church, but left the children in kindergarten through third grade in place. As rescue workers dug through the rubble Tuesday, and a community searched for answers, no word had yet emerged on the reason for the split. Moore's school officials could not be reached for comment, and its website was still offline at press time.

\"There might be a valid reason why they would disperse some students but not others,\" said Mayer Nudell, an adjunct professor of security management at Webster University in Missouri. \"Perhaps they have some reason. But nothing occurs to me.\"

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Joy Resmovits reports:

As the tornado hit, the Moore, Okla., school evacuated fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders to a nearby church, but left the children in kindergarten through third grade in place. As rescue workers dug through the r...Read More"},{"id":"248","created":"05/21/2013 7:22 PM EDT","title":"Tornado Hunter Says Data Gathered From Deadly Storms Can Help Save Lives","tweet_link":"248_tornado-hunter-says-data-gathered-from-deadly-storms-can-help-save-lives","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Eleazar David Melendez reports:

While it may be little consolation to those who lost relatives and homes to the twisters that ravaged central Oklahoma this week, a famed tornado hunter sees one benefit in the devastation: Data collected from the storm could help save lives in the future.

Howard Bluestein is a professor at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology and one of the best-known storm-chasers in the United States. His work trying to measure and catalog tornadoes, which involved getting in front of the storms and leaving 400-pound bundles of measuring equipment in their path, inspired the 1996 movie \"Twister.\"

Bluestein, now 64, was out chasing tornadoes this weekend when extreme storms ripped through Oklahoma's landscape. In a phone interview from his home in Norman on Tuesday, Bluestein described how he tracked a tornado that moved from Norman to the nearby town of Shawnee late Sunday. The the monster storm formed a half-mile wide ball of debris made of several smaller tornadoes moving in tandem, with winds clocking in over 200 miles per hour.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Eleazar David Melendez reports:

While it may be little consolation to those who lost rel...Read More"},{"id":"247","created":"05/21/2013 7:17 PM EDT","title":"Oklahoma Schools Lacked Consistent Tornado Shelter Rules","tweet_link":"247_oklahoma-schools-lacked-consistent-tornado-shelter-rules","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Chris Kirkham, Joy Resmovits and Ben Hallman report:

The two elementary schools leveled by the deadly tornado that swept through the Oklahoma City area Monday lacked designated safe rooms designed to protect children and teachers, despite state warnings that the absence of such facilities imperils lives.

At least two other schools in Moore -- the epicenter of the disaster -- did have safe rooms. So far no fatalities have been tied to those schools, whose buildings were fortified after a devastating twister hit the area in 1999.

These disparities in structural standards speak to the seeming randomness of who lived and who died in a natural disaster now blamed for taking the lives of at least 24 people, including nine children. Requirements for safe rooms in public schools vary from community to community across the swath of Midwestern and Southern states so accustomed to lethal twisters that it is known as Tornado Alley.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

HuffPost's Chris Kirkham, Joy Resmovits and Ben Hallman report:

The two elementary schools leveled by ...Read More"},{"id":"246","created":"05/21/2013 7:07 PM EDT","title":"Chilling Video Of Moore Tornado From Newcastle","tweet_link":"246_chilling-video-of-moore-tornado-from-newcastle","entry_text":"

From KFOR News:

","short_text":"

From KFOR News:

"},{"id":"245","created":"05/21/2013 6:48 PM EDT","title":"3D Rendering Of Oklahoma Tornado","tweet_link":"245_3d-rendering-of-oklahoma-tornado","entry_text":"

A 3D view of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado twitter.com/jpdice_Fox6/st… (@jpdice_fox6)

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) May 21, 2013

","short_text":"

A 3D view of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado twitter.com/jpdice_Fox6/st… (@Read More"},{"id":"244","created":"05/21/2013 6:32 PM EDT","title":"Flags In Oklahoma Flying At Half-Staff","tweet_link":"244_flags-in-oklahoma-flying-at-halfstaff","entry_text":"

","short_text":"

Flags flying at half-staff in #Oklahoma through Monday in honor of those lost & injured in the tornadoes that hit 5/19 & 5/20 #okwx

— Governor Mary Fallin (@GovMaryFallin) Read More"},{"id":"243","created":"05/21/2013 6:13 PM EDT","title":"After Oklahoma Devastation, Storm Shelter Business Surges","tweet_link":"243_after-oklahoma-devastation-storm-shelter-business-surges","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Katie Bindley reports:

On a typical day, Oklahoma Shelters fields about 50 to 75 phone calls from customers inquiring about having a safe room or underground shelter installed on their property. But after a devastating tornado tore through Moore, Okla., on Monday, around 600 people contacted the company on Tuesday.

Most people are not calling from areas that were directly hit by the tornado, said Jason Avery, a salesman who has been with the company for seven years. Rather, he said, \"most are calling from areas that just got missed.\"

Read the full story here.

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HuffPost's Katie Bindley reports:

On a typical day, Oklahoma Shelters fields about 50 to 75 phone calls from customers inquiring about having a safe room or underground shelter installed on their property. But after a devastating Read More"},{"id":"241","created":"05/21/2013 5:59 PM EDT","title":"USA Today: 1 Out Of Every Thousand Tornadoes Reaches EF-5","tweet_link":"241_usa-today-1-out-of-every-thousand-tornadoes-reaches-ef5","entry_text":"

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Only 1 out of 1,000 tornadoes reach EF-5 levels. http://t.co/JsnuA9gcTn via @USATODAY

— USA TODAY Weather (@usatodayweather) Read More"},{"id":"240","created":"05/21/2013 5:51 PM EDT","title":"NWS Releases Information Packet","tweet_link":"240_nws-releases-information-packet","entry_text":"

Slideshow reviewing information from @NWSNorman before, during and after the 5/20/13 tornado - http://t.co/iXCCN9HJf1 #okwx

— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) 1 year ago

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Slideshow reviewing information from @NWSNorman before, during and after the 5/20/13 tornado - http://t.co/iXCCN9HJf1 #okwx

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Oklahoma Blood Institute is in need of O+ blood. Please RT. @redcrossokc #oktornado #mooretornado

Updates: http://t.co/UwyxQxM5vi

— KFOR (@kfor) 5 years ago

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Oklahoma Blood Institute is in need of O+ blood. Please RT. @redcrossokc #oktornado #mooretornado
\nUpdates: http://t.co/UwyxQxM5vi...Read More"},{"id":"238","created":"05/21/2013 5:14 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Ja'Nae Hornsby, First Victim Confirmed By Local News Sources","tweet_link":"238_photo-janae-hornsby-first-victim-confirmed-by-local-news-sources","entry_text":"

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Photo courtesy of KJRH-TV.

Read more about Ja'Nae Hornsby here.

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Photo courtesy of KJRH-TV.

Read more about Ja'Nae Hornsby Read More"}]

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