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10:11 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Senator Says Tornado Aid Should Be Paid For

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Conservative Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says that any additional federal aid to help tornado victims and to rebuild devastated areas of his state should be financed with cuts to other programs in the government's $3.6 trillion budget.

Spokesman John Hart says it's a position Coburn has consistently held regarding federal spending on disasters dating to the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.

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9:46 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Obama Offers Help For Oklahoma Tornado Victims

President Barack Obama says he is instructing his disaster response team to get tornado victims in Oklahoma everything they need "right away."

Obama calls the devastation that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs, quote, "one of the most destructive tornados in history," even though he said the extent of the damage is still unknown.

Obama spoke Tuesday after an Oval Office briefing on the latest developments from his disaster response team and as Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate was heading to Oklahoma.

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9:43 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Interstates Open, But Traffic Slow Moving

Officials say all of the interstates through the tornado-ravaged areas of Moore and Oklahoma City are open, but traffic is moving slowly.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports portions of Interstates 44 and 35 that were shut down after Monday's deadly tornado were reopened about 10 p.m. Monday.

Capt. George Brown says all lanes of I-35 through Moore are open, but that traffic has slowed to a crawl where the tornado crossed the interstate. Heavily damaged homes and businesses can be seen on both sides of the north-south thoroughfare.

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9:26 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Oklahoma Officials: Tornado Search, Rescue Ongoing

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents wondering about the fate of their children after a tornado devastated suburban Oklahoma City and officials say the search and rescue effort will continue throughout the night.

Fallin told a Monday news conference that a center for those seeking loved ones has been set up at a church in Moore, where an afternoon tornado flattened entire neighborhoods and destroyed an elementary school with a direct hit. She says responders are working as quickly as they can to sort through the rubble.

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7:03 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Obama Pledges Help After Oklahoma Tornado

President Barack Obama has called Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to express his concern about a monstrous tornado that wreaked havoc in the Oklahoma City suburbs.

The White House says Obama told the governor that he's directed the government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide any assistance she needs. FEMA has sent a special team to Oklahoma's emergency operations center to help out and dispatch resources.

Obama also told Fallin to contact him directly if the federal government can provide additional help.

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6:22 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Salvation Army, Red Cross Providing Okla. Help

The Salvation Army says it is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore.

The organization said Monday that its Arkansas-Oklahoma division is supplying the teams.

The Red Cross is sending similar assistance. It is also working to link loved ones in Moore who are OK connect through a website called Safe and Well. The site is: www.safeandwell.org

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6:09 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Kids Rescued From Rubble at Moore, Okla. Elementary

Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb.

An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado hit the region.

Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were passed down a human chain and taken to a triage center set up in the school's parking lot.

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6:05 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Fallin Calls Out Soldiers, Says Rescues Continuing

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has deployed 80 Oklahoma National Guard members to assist with search and rescue operations in the hardest hit areas of Moore.

Fallin said Monday the troops will also help establish a perimeter around some of the most devastated areas in the Oklahoma City suburb. Moore suffered a direct hit from a major tornado.

Fallin also spoke Monday with President Barack Obama who offered the nation's help and gave Fallin a direct line to his office.

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4:30 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Tornado Causes Major Damage in Moore

 

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 no immediate reports of injuries.

The suburb of Moore, where Monday's damage was concentrated, was hit hard by a tornado in 1999 that included the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface.

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11:32 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Lincoln Co. to Use Police Sirens to Warn of Storms

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CARNEY, Okla. (AP) — With power out and the threat of more bad weather on the way, first responders in Lincoln County say they'll use police and fire sirens to warn residents of severe weather.

Gov. Mary Fallin is touring storm damage in Carney, where four people were injured and several homes were damaged in Sunday's severe weather. The governor expressed concerns that residents wouldn't know of incoming severe weather because of the power outage.

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