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.

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  • Police: School near OKC directly hit by tornado

    | Published: Mon, May 20, 2013

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb took a direct hit from a mile-wide tornado. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says there is no word of injuries from the elementary school. Knight says the school suffered “extensive damage”...

  • Several kids pulled out of Oklahoma school rubble alive

    Updated: Mon, May 20, 2013

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Several children pulled out of rubble alive at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.

  • Communications difficult after Oklahoma tornado

    Published: Mon, May 20, 2013

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says it is taking time to establish communications in Moore. Fallin says the scope of the Monday disaster is so great that state officials needed more time to open lines of communication with rescuers. Fallin says she has not been informed of...

  • Tornado in Oklahoma City suburb causes destruction

    Published: Mon, May 20, 2013

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Television footage shows flattened buildings and fires after a mile-wide tornado moved through the Oklahoma City area. Video showed homes and buildings in Moore, Okla., were reduced to rubble, and vehicles littered roadways south and southwest of Oklahoma City. There were...

  • OKC public schools keeping children in for weather

    Published: Mon, May 20, 2013

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City school officials say elementary and middle schools will not dismiss students on time because of the weather. The school system says parents and students will be alerted Monday when the youngsters will be able to leave. The National Weather Service issued...

  • Read live updates from the May 20 Moore tornado

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Mon, May 20, 2013

    Read about severe storm updates, road closings and travel conditions below. The following tweets are from reporters, state officials and meteorologists.

  • Oklahoma House suspends work as tornado sirens blare

    Published: Mon, May 20, 2013

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has temporarily suspended its daily session and members were urged to head to the basement of the Capitol after tornado sirens sounded outside the building. Faxon Republican Rep. Don Armes was presiding over the House Monday afternoon when he said...

  • Oklahoma City tornado so large, may not be recognized, officials say

    Updated: Mon, May 20, 2013

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The National Weather Service is cautioning that the tornado passing through Moore is so large that people may not recognize it as a twister. Forecasters urgently warned people in Moore on Monday afternoon to seek immediate shelter. Officials say southwest Oklahoma City...

  • Oklahoma water treatment plant knocked out by storm

    Published: Mon, May 20, 2013

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say the Draper Water Treatment Plant in Oklahoma City was knocked off line during the tornado. The city is asking residents and businesses in southeast Oklahoma City to stop using water. Crews are working to restore electricity to the plant with generators, and...

  • Oklahoma twister tracked path of 1999 tornado

    By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | Published: Mon, May 20, 2013

    NEW YORK (AP) — Monday's powerful tornado in suburban Oklahoma City loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999. The National Weather Service estimated that the storm that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday had wind speeds of up to 200 mph, and was at least a...

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: Moore Medical Center damaged by tornado

    BY GEORGE LANG glang@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, May 26, 2013

    For some eyewitnesses, the memory of the May 3, 1999, tornado was echoed in what they saw Monday afternoon.

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: Rare term used in Monday's storms

    BY BRYAN PAINTER bpainter@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, May 26, 2013

    Once again, ‘tornado emergency' adds significance to the warning

  • Obama declares major disaster in Oklahoma

    | Published: Mon, May 20, 2013

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma as the state recovers from a massive tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, killing dozens and flattening entire neighborhoods. Obama has ordered federal aid to supplement state and local...

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: Six tips for tornado survivors

    BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, May 26, 2013

    Recovering after tornado takes time, patience

  • Relatives arrive at hospital in frantic searches for loved ones in Oklahoma

    BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, May 26, 2013

    Man searches debris pile for wife, then goes to hospital.



Map: Weather events, natural disasters

Map: Weather events, natural disasters

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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

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

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

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

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.

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