May 24 Tornadoes
On May 24, 2011, multiple tornadoes touched down across Oklahoma leaving several dead, many injured and countless amounts of damage in their wake.


Related articles from NewsOK and The Oklahoman

  • Tornado recovery continues in McClain County

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY | Updated: Sun, Nov 20, 2011

    Residents of McClain County are still recovering from tornado damage. Homes still are being rebuilt from the May 24 tornado.

  • 12 counties in Oklahoma granted FEMA public assistance for May storms

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jun 22, 2011

    Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Jefferson, Kingfisher, Le Flore, Logan, Major, McClain and Osage counties have been granted public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to a news release from Gov. Mary Fallin's office.

  • Washington football coach Brad Beller rebuilds after tornado

    BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writer, | Updated: Tue, Jun 21, 2011

    His players were among the first ones to help after his house was destroyed.

  • Taiwan donates $20,000 to help with disaster relief effort

    BY MICHAEL MCNUTT | Published: Fri, Jun 17, 2011

    Taiwanese official says the donation is a small token to show Oklahomans the country is thinking about them in the aftermath of recent tornadoes.

  • Oklahoma musician to perform at concert for May 24 tornado victims

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Wed, Jun 15, 2011

    Country music star and Oklahoma native Bryan White will return to his home state to perform at an event to raise money for victims of May's deadly tornado outbreak.

  • Animal sanctuaries recovering from May 24 tornadoes

    ROBERT MEDLEY | Updated: Fri, Jun 10, 2011

    Animal sanctuaries from Dibble to Piedmont were affected by May 24 tornadoes. One is rebuilding and another is open to help homeless equine.

  • Disaster unemployment benefits may be available

    Published: Sun, Jun 12, 2011

    Workers in Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain counties whose jobs were affected by storms in late May could be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits. Those who lost work or earnings due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding May 22-25 can...

  • Travelers expects $1B cost from spring storms

    Published: Sun, Jun 12, 2011

    SUBHED HERE NEW YORK — The Travelers Companies Inc. says that severe weather in April and May will likely cost the company between $1 billion and $1.05 billion. Travelers said Friday the cost estimate stems from several catastrophes including tornadoes and hail storms in the Midwest and...

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: Man swept up in May 24 twister dies

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON | Updated: Fri, Jun 10, 2011

    Oklahoma tornadoes: Ron Martin, of Carmen, tried to hide from a May 24 tornado by parking his pickup in a barn, his sons said.

  • Eleventh person dies from May 24 tornadoes

    BY MATT PATTERSON | Updated: Fri, Jun 10, 2011

    Ron Martin, of Carmen, died Thursday in an Oklahoma City hospital from injuries suffered in a May 24 tornado, the state medical examiner's office said.

  • Eleventh person dies from May 24 tornadoes

    BY MATT PATTERSON | Updated: Thu, Jun 9, 2011

    The tornadoes that ripped through central Oklahoma last month have claimed an eleventh victim, Oklahoma State Medical Examiner spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard said. Ballard said Ron Martin of Carmen died at an Oklahoma City hospital Thursday from injuries sustained in the tornado. Ballard said...

  • Edmond, Deer Creek students, staff collect tornado relief

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jun 6, 2011

    Edmond and Deer Creek students and staff members collect food and clothing for tornado victims.

  • President declares 6 Oklahoma counties disaster areas after May tornadoes

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Jun 6, 2011

    President Barack Obama has declared a major emergency for those affected by the tornadoes and other storms May 22 through May 25 in Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and McClain counties, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

  • Canadian County train-themed Bed-and-Breakfast damaged by tornado

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY | Updated: Sun, Jun 5, 2011

    Oklahoman Debbie Morse survived the May 24 tornado. But her Red Rooster Guest Cabooses and Inn was demolished

  • Piedmont woman's faith remains despite Oklahoma storm's damage

    BY CARLA HINTON | Published: Sat, Jun 4, 2011

    Religion Editor Carla Hinton writes about Piedmont resident Donna Smith, who said she felt the Lord's presence in the midst of Tuesday's tornado that wreaked havoc on her home and trees but left faith-themed heirlooms in tact.


Those Who Died

Miranda Bishard

Bishard would have been a junior this fall at Timberlake High School.
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Austin Hall

Hall was a 2008 graduate of El Reno High School who had been dating Bishard since October.
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Terry Peoples

Peoples was in a pickup along Interstate 40 near the Calumet exit when a massive tornado crossed the highway and sucked him out of his pickup.
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Don and Joan Krug

Don was a farmer and retired in April as a county maintenance worker. Joan was a homemaker and mother of four daughters.
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Sharon Dodd

Dodd was a wife, mother and grandmother.
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Ryan Hamil

Ryan Hamil was thrown from the bathtub inside the home where he was huddled with his family into a nearby pond.
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Cole Hamil

Cole Hamil was in a bathtub with his brother, sister and mother at the family's home in Piedmont when a massive tornado tore the house apart and threw him 50 yards.
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Laron Short

Short was a recent graduate from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
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Billy Leeper

Billy Leeper loved fishing, deer hunting, fixing cars and spending time with his three children and five grandchildren, ages 3 to 14.
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