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My apologizes if it appears I’m stuck on writing about tornadoes, but tornadoes are a pretty big deal right now in Oklahoma. And there’s a disturbing update to one of the five that hit the Oklahoma City metro last week. The National Weather Service has upgraded the strength of the twister that struck El Reno on Friday from an EF-3 to an EF-5. Its size was also upgraded. The NWS says it… Read More

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I haven’t read Popular Mechanics since I was a kid (don’t ask me why I read it then), but a headline from one of the magazine’s online articles hit me like one of those grapefruit size chunks of hail that fell from the dark Oklahoma sky last week. It listed “8 of the Most Dangerous Places (To Live) on the Planet”. And guess what? One of those eight happens to be where… Read More

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Let me start off by saying, contrary to what some people think, we don’t get a thrill out of severe weather, in the news or weather department. We’re just as tired of tornadoes, hail storms, flooding and storm damage as you are.  And last night’s latest round that swept through the Tulsa metro didn’t help. Two personal thoughts from last night. I knew thousands of Paul McCartney fans were piling into the… Read More

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When I was in Moore, OK this week covering the tornado disaster (Moore Tornado: What Victims Need Most Is “Prayer”) I was incredibly impressed with the outpouring of love and support from fellow Oklahomans. So many people want to help the victims. The water, food and supplies poured into this devastated community. I’m also impressed with how many people outside our state want to do what they can to help out. That… Read More

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How can the same community suffer so much, so many times? That’s what so many people are asking. I just got back from spending a few days in Moore, Oklahoma. This week it was hit by an EF-5 tornado. That means the storm that roared through here was packing winds greater than 200 miles per hour! I walk  through neighborhoods once bustling with kids playing ball in their front yard, or dads… Read More

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We were on severe weather watch throughout the afternoon and evening Friday, and when I left after the late news, chief meteorologist Frank Mitchell stayed behind to watch for any tornadoes heading into northeastern Oklahoma. I don’t know how long he was there, but he was planning for at least 4 am. Meteorologists spend countless hours at the station during severe weather season. And it’s not just on camera during the height… Read More

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I got a text late last night from a source saying there’s a six month old baby girl at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri and no one knows who she belongs to. Was it true, and if so, was the unidentified baby from the Joplin storms an hour away? How did she get there? Where are her parents? Are they looking for her? Are they among the dead? The news spread on… Read More

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The extent of the damage and destruction from Sunday evening’s tornado in Joplin, Missouri is incredible. I admit the media often overuse words like amazing and unbelievable. Trust me, we’re not guilty of throwing about descriptive words and phrases like that in this situation. In my two days covering the story in Joplin, I met several veterans of disasters, and veterans of war. They all said this is the worst they’ve ever… Read More

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I spent two days in Joplin, Missouri following the EF-5 tornado that devastated that town. There’s destruction and despair everywhere. But there are also stories of hope and survival amid the rubble.  Here are a few of the images I captured in Joplin. Also, check out some of the stories behind the photos here and here.

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I don’t know how long I’d been standing there. It was early morning, day two of covering the monster that struck Joplin. I just stepped out of our satellite truck, staring at all the destruction around me. Where do I begin? Candy and Waggles It didn’t take long before the first story of the day found me. A few feet away a woman carrying a dog was wandering around in a daze…. Read More

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What do you say to an 83-year-old woman who just lost everything. I could only utter “I’m sorry.” When we rolled into Joplin Monday morning to cover the tornado disaster, I knew it would be a horrible sight. But nothing could prepare me for what I saw. Miles of destruction. It was hard to imagine barely 12 hours earlier, these were neighborhoods and businesses. Places people lived and worked. Now, it was… Read More

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Today was another typical spring day in Oklahoma. “Tornado on the ground!” Whenever we get severe weather, the photos from our viewers pour in. And many of them are very good. Here are a few of them: Carl Keigley sent this picture of a funnel near Twin Oaks. Beautiful, but scary looking clouds. Thanks Patricia Hill. Patricia isn’t the only one who saw the unusual cloud formation. One of our photographers took… Read More

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