Social Diary: Mark and Jaclyn back in Moore, OK one year after devastating tornado ripped through town
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 6:16 PM -
One year after the May 20 tornado, the landscape in Moore, OK is changing.
New homes, businesses and schools now stand in areas once buried under debris.
Between May 18 and June 2, 2013, a series of destructive tornadoes swept through central Oklahoma, killing more than 50 people, injuring hundreds more and damaging or destroying over 10,000 homes. The area hit hardest was the suburban community of Moore, when an EF-5 strength storm struck on May 20, leaving a 3-kilometre wide path of destruction in its wake.
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Here is where daycare workers saved all their children by shielding them from the flying debris. True bravery pic.twitter.com/PE1lL2dSVh— Mark Robinson (@StormhunterTWN) May 17, 2014
Weather Network meteorologists Jaclyn Whittal and Mark Robinson were storm chasing during that time and captured incredible video of the aftermath:
Now they've returned to Moore where Whittal says the resiliency of the city is nothing short of inspiring.
"I feel really happy to see there's such great progess with the rebuilding efforts," said Whittal via telephone on Saturday. "I'm very shocked to see how much has been done in only one year. Life has certainly moved on here, it's a new beginning, it doesn't look like the same area."
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"I was surprised that there was still church volunteer effort, one year later. We met some great people that were building a fence for a family," she added.
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Whittal and Robinson are currently on a three-week storm chasing trip across Tornado Alley, where they'll be live-tweeting throughout the adventure: