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News Story
Updated: 05/25/2013 08:00:02AM

A warning as our season gets underway

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Anyone who was around here on Aug. 13, 2004, can easily empathize with the feelings of loss and disorientation experienced this week in Moore, Okla. We also recognize the challenges that lay ahead for residents as they try to rebuild their lives and their community.

Again, sadly, we’ve seen a city reduced to rubble in a matter of minutes by the extreme forces of nature. As of Thursday, the official death toll from the ferocious Oklahoma tornado was at 24 people, with a handful of others still missing. Another 240 or so were reportedly injured. Some 12,000 to 13,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Two schools and a hospital were flattened. Monetary damage was estimated at between $1.5 billion and $2 billion. Some 33,000 people were affected in some way by the storm, according to news sources.

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