Oklahoma tornado

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Plains Tornadoes Trash Homes, Free Tigers

Severe storm system floods Oklahoma City

(Newser) - In what forecasters warn could be just the first day of several days of severe weather, storms lashed parts of the Great Plains region yesterday, bringing tornadoes and flooding. "This is a particularly dangerous situation," according to the National Weather Service, which says tornadoes have been spotted in... More »

Oklahoma Tornado Widest on Record

Friday's was measured at 2.6 miles wide

(Newser) - Those in its path probably won't be surprised, but the monster tornado that whipped through Oklahoma last week was the widest ever measured by the National Weather Service, reports USA Today . Its span of 2.6 miles edged out a 2004 Nebraska tornado for the record. The tornado's... More »

Doomed Storm Chasers Stressed Safety

Tim Samaras, son, partner weren't reckless

(Newser) - The three storm chasers who died Friday in an Oklahoma tornado knew what they were doing, according to family, friends, colleagues, and experts in the field. Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and his partner Carl Young were all known from the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. One meteorologist explains that... More »

'Tornado Hunt' Car Hit by Tornado

Weather Channel crew is shaken up, but fine

(Newser) - One of the hazards of driving a "tornado hunt" car is that sometimes the tornado finds you first. A crew from the Weather Channel learned that yesterday when their vehicle got thrown about 200 yards by a tornado outside Oklahoma City. "It was like we were floating,"... More »

Mother, Baby Among 9 Dead in Oklahoma Tornadoes

Storms slam Oklahoma City, suburbs

(Newser) - Nine people are dead and dozens injured after a new round of tornadoes slammed Oklahoma last night, reports AP and CNN . Among the fatalities were a mother and infant, whose bodies were found near their car on I-40, a major state artery. Oklahoma City and its suburbs took the brunt... More »

Red Cross Sitting on a Third of Sandy Donations

$110M remains unspent

(Newser) - The Red Cross was the top recipient of donations after Superstorm Sandy, bringing in $303 million to help victims. But as of mid-April, $110 million of that remained unused, the organization says. Though the Red Cross—and some disaster relief experts—says that's a good move, allowing it to... More »

Oklahoma's Fallin: I Need to Cut Red Tape

Plus, GOP did not like Obama's counterterror speech

(Newser) - With President Obama headed for her tornado-ravaged state, Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN's State of the Union today that while, "so far, we have had a great response" from the feds, she's also worried about the grinding wheels of bureaucracy in the days ahead. "What... More »

The Weather Is Getting More Expensive

Oklahoma tornadoes just the latest billion-dollar disaster

(Newser) - The bill from the Oklahoma tornado is now expected to top $2 billion in damages, making it the latest member of the rapidly growing billion-dollar weather-disaster club, the New Yorker observes. In a recent study, climate scientists found that billion-dollar-plus disasters (among them Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, and the 2011... More »

Oklahoma's Grim Task: Cleaning Up the Cemetery

First Plaza Towers funeral held for girl, 9

(Newser) - The cleanup is under way in Oklahoma, and locals are tackling the bleak task of restoring a cemetery. "We know there are going to have to be some funerals here in the next few days," says a volunteer in Moore. "We don’t want them to come... More »

NY Rep to Okla. Senator: I'll Overlook Your Hypocrisy

Inhofe opposed Sandy aid but wants tornado aid

(Newser) - You knew this was coming: Peter King, who fought hard for Superstorm Sandy aid for his home state of New York, thinks there's "a lot of hypocrisy" when it comes to lawmakers who opposed Sandy aid but are in favor of tornado aid. The subject of his attention... More »

Okla. Mayor: We'll Mandate Storm Shelters in New Homes

Says Moore will push for new law ASAP

(Newser) - The mayor of the Oklahoma city devastated by a tornado this week says he'll push for a new law requiring all new homes to be built with storm shelters or safe rooms. "We'll try to get it passed as soon as I can," the Moore mayor... More »

Okla. Tornado: Inside the Leveled School

Survivors recount terrifying minutes as twister hit

(Newser) - As the massive tornado hit the Plaza Towers Elementary School, "it sounded like rivets being pulled out by a monster," a teacher's assistant tells the Wall Street Journal , recounting how she and some 10 other adults huddled and tried to protect as many children as they could... More »

Now Can We Stop Cutting the Weather Service?

Oklahoma tornado should be a warning: David Sirota

(Newser) - The National Weather Service had a warning in effect 16 minutes before yesterday's tragic Oklahoma tornado —but we may not be as prepared next time around, thanks to the sequester's 8.2% cut to the Weather Service, David Sirota writes on Salon . The organization representing weather service... More »

Oklahoma's Coburn: I Want Offsets to Pay for Tornado Aid

But Obama promises resources for disaster

(Newser) - Tom Coburn represents Oklahoma, so you might expect him to call for tornado relief to flow to his state no matter the cost—but you'd be wrong. Instead, the Republican senator is demanding that all aid to his state be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget, a spokesman... More »

Okla. Coroner Drops Death Toll to 24

Including 7 kids, but fatalities still expected to rise

(Newser) - The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office has dramatically dropped the confirmed death toll in yesterday's horrific tornado to 24, reports the AP . A spokeswoman said that some bodies were apparently counted twice in the chaotic aftermath of the storm, and that confusion was exacerbated by knocked-out communication lines.... More »

It's Not Over: Almost 10M Face Tornado Risk Today

CNN reports 53M could see severe weather

(Newser) - The tornado threat isn't over: "Large and devastating" storms could continue today, forecasters say. "We could have a Round 3," says a CNN meteorologist. "Hopefully, it won't be as bad." But "tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, and large hail" could hit areas east... More »

Tales of Tragedy, Heroism Out of Oklahoma

Teacher threw herself over kids as twister hit school

(Newser) - As frantic search and rescue efforts continued through the night in Oklahoma, officials warned that the death toll— which has been downwardly revised to 24 —from yesterday's horrific tornado was still expected to rise, CNN reports. The destruction is "the worst thing I have ever seen,"... More »

Why the Oklahoma Tornado Was Among the Worst Ever

Twister lasted a devastating 40 minutes

(Newser) - The monster tornado that tore through an Oklahoma City suburb is one of the worst on record by most standards, the Smithsonian finds. At an estimated two miles wide, the storm was one of the biggest recorded and it was also extremely powerful, with winds above 199mph. But what made... More »

Oklahoma Devastation, Rescue in Pictures

AP photographer describes scene of hope amid the horror

(Newser) - The massive tornado that hit Moore, Okla., yesterday left scenes of utter devastation but there were also moments of hope as survivors were found in the rubble. AP photographer Sue Ogrocki arrived at the destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School expecting to find a scene of chaos, but instead found it... More »

Monster Tornado Hits Oklahoma

Schools hit as Moore is flattened

(Newser) - A two-mile-wide tornado touched down near Oklahoma City today, leveling the suburb of Moore and leaving at least 24 confirmed dead so far, reports ABC News . (The initial figure of 51 was officially revised downward later.) "It is absolutely devastating, this is horrific," Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd... More »

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