Moore Tornado
10:18 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Explore The Oklahoma Tornado Damage


Use this map of before-and-after aerial imagery to explore damage from the recent Oklahoma tornado — one of the most destructive storms ever recorded.

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The Two-Way
5:41 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Funerals Begin In Tornado-Ravaged Moore, Okla.

Players, coaches and parents collected donations Wednesday in Oklahoma city for the Angle Family, who lost their daughter Sydney, and their home, in the tornado. Sydney was No. 35 on a softball team called 'Bring It'.
Katie Hayes Luke Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 11:44 am

Funerals began Thursday for the 24 people known to have been killed by the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., on Monday.

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Tornado Resources
9:24 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Services from the Oklahoma Insurance Department

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak announced the opening of the Consumer Assistance Command Center to assist tornado victims. The Command Center is located at 301 NE 27th St. in Moore. All major insurance companies are on location with mobile response units to help victims of the tornado with insurance claims. 


The Oklahoma Insurance Department is working closely with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to provide support to anyone who calls our toll-free Consumer Assistance hotline – 1-800-522-0071.


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Tornado Resources
8:58 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Price Gouging and Charity Fraud: Report to the Oklahoma Attorney General

Investigators with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office are charged with investigating instances of price gouging.  Anyone who believes they have experienced the illegal practice of price gouging is encouraged to contact the Attorney General’s office. 

Similarly, those who encounter what they suspect is charity fraud during this time of recovery and relief are also encouraged to call.  The number is 405-521-2029.  

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Weather and Climate
8:04 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Complete list of Red Cross Facilities for Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Below are the locations where Red Cross food, supplies and assistance are available. In these locations, people can find a safe refuge, food and snacks, emotional support, health care services and information about what other help is available.

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The Two-Way
6:27 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Teachers In Moore Gather For 'Sharing And Healing'

Stacy Montgomery, pre-K teacher from Briarwood Elementary, grieves with fellow teachers at the informational meeting for Moore ISD teachers and administration.
Katie Hayes Luke NPR

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:06 am

What was billed as an informational meeting for teachers turned into a session of sharing and healing.

"A lot of people in this district will need grief counseling, including myself," said Susan Pierce, the superintendent of public schools in Moore, Okla.

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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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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

In Oklahoma, Rescue Efforts Give Way To Recovery

A teddy bear sits atop some of the rubble in Moore, Okla.
Rick Wilking Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 7:49 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin speaks with NPR's David Greene
  • On 'Morning Edition': David Schaper reports from Moore, Okla.

(Most recent update: 8:30 p.m. ET.)

The news Wednesday from Moore, Okla., much of which was destroyed by a massive tornado Monday, begins with word that officials doubt they will find any more survivors or bodies under the hundreds of homes, businesses and other buildings that were leveled.

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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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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.

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