The Two-Way
2:38 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Why Oklahomans Don't Like Basements

A heavily damaged home in Moore on Monday. Chances are, it doesn't have a basement.
Joshua Lott AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 7:39 pm

When Randy Keller moved from Texas to the Oklahoma City area seven years ago, he couldn't find the house he was looking for.

"I was moving from Texas, where there are also a lot of tornadoes," says the professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Oklahoma who experienced the 1970 tornado in Lubbock, Texas. "But I just couldn't find one."

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Severe Storms
10:32 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Powerful Before/After Aerial Images of Moore

The area between SW 4th and 19th Streets looking east toward Interstate 35 before the tornado.
Jamin Yeager Aerial Oklahoma

Stunning visual images have emerged that show a side-by-side comparison of the areas of Moore hardest hit by Monday’s tornado. Follow this link to see an interactive spatial scrawl.

“I've flown over that corridor dozens of times and shoot Southeast 19th Street and Interstate 35 regularly as it's a prime development location,” says photographer Jamin Yeager with Aerial Oklahoma. On Tuesday, he says “we waited for the weather to clear and got airborne by 3:45.”

The pictures show the hardest hit areas between SW 4th and 19th Streets just west of I-35. The entire neighborhood behind the Warren Theatre was flattened, and there’s a noticeable brown tint caused by mud and debris along the tornado’s path.

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7:51 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Lawmakers: More Safe Rooms Needed in Schools

Lead in text: 
"Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, said Tuesday there were no safe rooms in the two schools leveled by the tornado. Speaking at a public news briefing, Ashwood said hundreds of schools across the state have installed reinforced tornado shelters, but Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary were not among them."
With state officials acknowledging that two elementary schools destroyed by Monday's tornado had no safe rooms, some lawmakers began pressing to increase the number of shelters and provide funds to build them. Rep.
7:47 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Aftermath of a Storm

Lead in text: 
"Jessica’s father was at home when the tornado hit and hid in the bathroom. It was the only room in the house where the roof wasn't entirely ripped off, and her father survived. “It makes you feel blessed,” Ellerd said. She gestured toward the house. “This is just stuff.”
Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch permalink The massive tornado wreaked havoc with scores of vehicles.
The Two-Way
5:33 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Storm Chasers Seek Thrills, But Also Chance To Warn Others

A tornado moves past homes in Moore, Okla. on Monday.
Alonzo Adams AP

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The Two-Way
4:23 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

WATCH: Moore Tornado As Seen From Space

A NOAA satellite image of the Moore tornado.
NOAA

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Shots - Health News
4:14 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

The Scramble At Moore Medical Center As The Tornado Hit

A Moore Medical Center patient sits in the parking lot after a tornado damaged the hospital on Monday.
Alonzo Adams AP

A massive tornado swept through the Oklahoma City area Monday afternoon, leaving ruin in its path.

Moore Medical Center, which stood directly in the tornado's path, was devastated. But the workers, patients and their families in the hospital escaped.

Nick Stremble, a registered nurse and manager at the hospital, told Shots Tuesday what he saw.

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The Two-Way
1:57 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Oklahoma's GOP Senators Find Themselves In Tornado Aid Bind

An aerial view shows an entire neighborhood destroyed by Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 4:07 pm

Even as President Obama was declaring that tornado-devastated Oklahoma would get "everything it needs right away," the state's most vociferous critic of federal emergency aid vowed that he, too, would push for assistance "without delay."

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Severe Storms
12:14 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Aid Pouring In From CHK, American Legion, Kevin Durant

The smoldering remains of a home set ablaze by the tornado.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma City energy giant, a veterans group, and a superstar athlete have each announced three separate $1 million gifts to aid storm relief efforts following Monday's tornado that killed dozens in Moore.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced this morning it will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross to help in the rescue and recovery efforts in Moore.

The oil and gas company says it's also organizing hundreds of employee volunteers to help in the relief effort.

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Severe Storms
10:45 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Oklahoma City Residents Asked To Conserve Water

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma City residents are being asked to help conserve water while power remains out at one of the city's main water treatment facilities.

City officials say rain and lightning during Monday night's storm delayed progress to restore power at the Draper Water Treatment Plant.

City spokeswoman Debbie Ragan says low water pressure is being reported in downtown Oklahoma City, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the state Capitol complex.

Ragan says city officials hope to have power restored by Tuesday afternoon.

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