Weather and Climate

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

When it became clear that the conditions over Moore, Okla. were ripe for a huge tornado, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put its GOES-13 satellite into high gear.

Instead of imaging the earth every 30 minutes, it was doing it every 5 minutes. The images it beamed back are stunning. Here's a time-lapse video that NOAA put together and released today:

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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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Severe Storms
10:14 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Coburn: Any Tornado Aid Must Be Paid For

Credit Tom Coburn / Facebook

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says that any additional federal aid to help tornado victims and to rebuild devastated areas of his state should be financed with cuts to other programs in the government's $3.6 trillion budget.

Spokesman John Hart says it's a position Coburn has consistently held regarding federal spending on disasters dating to the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.

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Severe Storms
9:27 am
Tue May 21, 2013

"Google Crisis" A Clearinghouse for Information

Credit Google

This interactive map from Google highlights the storm track, as well as locations for American Red Cross shelters throughout Central Oklahoma.

Relief organization Save the Children says it's sending help to families affected by Monday's deadly tornado in Moore.

Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles says experience shows that children are most vulnerable during emergencies. The organization plans to send kits for shelters to create safe play spaces for children displaced by Monday's deadly tornado.

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Severe Storms
7:02 am
Tue May 21, 2013

SLIDESHOW: StateImpact's Joe Wertz's Images From The May 20 Tornado

23-year-old Lauren Gardner stands by her family's home in Moore
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz took cover in Moore on his drive home from KGOU Monday afternoon. Once the tornado passed, he immediately went to work reporting for Oklahoma's public radio stations and NPR.

Severe Storms
5:30 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

UPDATE: Death Toll Lower Than Feared, 24 Confirmed

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm.

Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.

Teams are continuing to search the rubble in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City, after the Monday afternoon tornado.

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The Two-Way
3:32 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Dozens Killed In Massive Tornado Near Oklahoma City

A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 3:54 am

(This post was last updated at 11:45 p.m. ET.)

A massive tornado ripped through the southern suburbs of Oklahoma City, Monday afternoon, killing at least 51 people, according to the state medical examiner's office.

The death toll was expected to rise.

Helicopter images showed large tracts of Moore, Okla., completely leveled by what the National Weather Service says was at least an EF-4 tornado with winds in excess of 166 mph. The tornado stayed on the ground for 40 minutes and traveled 20 miles.

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Severe Storms
10:29 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Fallin Touring Tornado Damage In Carney, Shawnee

Gov. Mary Fallin speaks to a young victim of Sunday's tornado that tore through Carney, Okla.
Credit Red Cross Oklahoma / Twitter

Gov. Mary Fallin is touring the areas hit hard by tornadoes Sunday.

The governor visited Carney at 10 a.m. Monday before traveling to the Shawnee area. The governor plans to tour the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park in Shawnee, where two people were killed.

Twenty-one people were also injured after severe weather raked the state.

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Severe Storms
7:27 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

Tornado Hits OKC Suburb, Kicking Up Debris

Credit Mike Prendergast / SkyWatcherMedia.com

A tornado kicked up debris in an Oklahoma City suburb and threatened a number of tourist attractions on historic Route 66 before growing into a larger storm that rolled across rural parts of central Oklahoma.

Television footage Sunday showed a tornado at Edmond . The storm threatened a novelty soda-pop store and a historic barn in the small town of Arcadia, then grew into a larger storm as it moved northeastward a few miles north of the Turner Turnpike between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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