The city of Moore, Okla., was devastated May 20, 2013, by an EF5 tornado that left 25 people dead. This special ongoing coverage page serves as a memorial to that day, to those who lost their lives and to those whose lives were impacted by the storm.

Joyful Reunion

Briarwood students after tornado

Amateur Video of Tornado

Tornado Memorial: Music Video

Mother Reunites with her son

Plaza Towers tour


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  • Moore tornado documentary extended to Thursday at Warren Theatre

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 31, 2014

    The Moore tornado documentary “Where Was God?” will enjoy an extended run through June 5 at the Warren Theatre in Moore.

  • KFOR: Softball coach rallies team after player dies in tornado

    Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    MOORE -- Landon McNeill may look intimidating, says KFOR, but his softball team says "Coach Landon" is a just big teddy bear with an even bigger heart. Last spring Landon, his players and their families suffered a heartbreaking loss May 20th when shortstop, 9-year-old Sydney Angle was among the 7...

  • Parents of Plaza Towers tornado victims seeking damages from Moore, school district

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, May 22, 2014

    Tort claims were filed on behalf of six of the children who died May 20, 2013, inside Plaza Towers Elementary during a deadly tornado that struck Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb.

  • Oklahoma House defeats Oklahoma school shelter plan

    Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has soundly rejected a plan supported by Gov. Mary Fallin to help school districts pay for safety upgrades like storm shelters and safe rooms. The House Thursday voted 61-34 against the measure that calls for a statewide vote of the people to give school...

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: No shelter from the storm

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    A year after deadly tornadoes struck Oklahoma, the debate continues over how to fund school shelters.

  • Oklahoma's Latino community prepares for the next tornado

    Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    A devastating EF-5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., a year ago last May 20, says NPR. Just 11 days later, another twister ravaged the Oklahoma City metro area. Nine of the 23 people who died as a result of the second storm were members of the local Latino community. Their deaths have sparked...

  • Hospital groundbreaking scheduled Tuesday in Moore

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    MOORE — The city of Moore is holding a remembrance ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary of a deadly EF5 twister that killed 24 people and injured hundreds more. Gov. Mary Fallin and Moore city officials will break ground Tuesday on the new Moore Medical Center at a 10 a.m. event. The...

  • Fallin, Moore leaders remember tornado victims, look ahead

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Tim Willert live tweeted from the Moore remembrance ceremony at the site of the former Moore Medical Center Tuesday morning. Read comments from Gov. Mary Fallin and Moore leaders below. 

  • Joplin tornado survivors start new life in Moore

    BY CARLA HINTON, Religion Editor | Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    Survivors of the 2011 Joplin tornado, the Carmona family, have made their home in Moore.

  • Tearful reunion comes a year after two men who never met worked to free victim of May 20, 2013, tornado

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    A year had passed since Max Broderick helped Stephen Begay and Begay’s brother-in-law pull his 90-year-old grandmother from the rubble of her home near SW 12 and Santa Fe in Moore, Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma mother recounts being in labor during May 20 tornado

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    To celebrate his first birthday, Shayla Taylor brought her son to the place where he was almost born. Taylor was in labor with Braeden, 1, at Moore Medical Center when a deadly tornado hit on May 20, 2013.

  • Moore residents, officials gather to mark anniversary of May 20, 2013, tornado

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    In Rebecca Kasbaum’s backyard in Moore is a slab of concrete with handprints in it. Next to those handprints is a date — May 20, 2013. That’s the day an EF5 tornado cut a path of destruction across Newcastle, south Oklahoma City and Moore, leaving 25 dead.

  • Red Cross brings Pillowcase preparedness project to El Reno schools

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Staff from Central and Western Oklahoma Red Cross spent time with El Reno fourth-graders Monday at Lincoln Elementary, educating them on what to do in case of tornado while also passing out pillowcases containing items that might be helpful in case of an emergency.

  • Principal of Moore school hit by tornado leaving

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Mon, May 19, 2014

    MOORE — The Plaza Towers Elementary principal is leaving at the end of this school year. A local television station reports that Amy Simpson, the principal of Plaza Towers when an EF-5 tornado struck Moore on May 20, 2013, will move to a different school in Moore at the end of the school year....

  • Reunion with her 'little road dog' helps woman's recovery after tornado

    By Heather Warlick, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 19, 2014

    On May 19, 2013, Ida Hernandez was going through Oklahoma toward California in a tractor-trailer with her dog, Bella, when a huge tornado threw the truck she was in over a bridge. She says that had she not been reunited with Bella, she may not have made as much of a recovery as she has.

Map: Weather events, natural disasters

News | Updated: Tue, May 21, 2013 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

This Esri Public Information Map shows the real-time effects of extreme weather events and others natural disasters.

Tornado paths: May 20, 2013 tornado and May 3, 1999 tornado

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Map of the path of the May 20, 2013 tornado in comparison to the May 3, 1999 tornado path.

Tornado map: Destruction path for May 20 tornado

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See a map that shows the path of destruction of the May 20 tornado that went through Moore.

Moore Tornado: Google Crisis Map

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View Google's Crisis Map of the Moore tornado that swept through the area Monday, killing 24 people and causing significant damage to homes and facilities. The map is available below.

Oklahoma tornadoes: Understanding the EF scale

News | Updated: Wed, May 22, 2013 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Check out this chart which explains the various EF levels when it comes to tornadoes.

Oklahoma's Strength

Aerial Images ... Before and After