Oklahoma Strong


That’s what the sign read, outside the restaurant where we had lunch. This was the view across the street.

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The devastation visited on Moore by the tornadoes in May truly takes your breath away. The force of the wind didn’t level neighborhoods. It demolished them, down to the foundations. In places it scoured the grass from the ground. People called the storms grinders. To survive, you had to get out of town or get under ground.

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But Moore is up and running. The local banks are open — maybe not the bank buildings, but they’re operating from a bus in the parking lot. Most of the city, unbelievably, is unscathed. Demolition and construction crews are everywhere, and hard at work.


Plenty of people need help, and plenty of people are offering it. If you’re passing anywhere close by, stop in town and give Moore some of your business.

3 responses to “Oklahoma Strong

  1. I live in Joplin, where I’m faced with the terror and devastation of a tornado everyday when I see the near-empty tornado trail.
    So thankful for the way everyone grouped around Joplin to help out!

  2. The frontier spirit remains strong.

  3. Maxwell B. Tate

    The thing that people outside the area miss is that tornadoes are random and pretty limited in scope. The vast majority of people who live in Tornado Alley will never be personally impacted by a tornado. Even this monster storm spared the vast majority of people in this town and area. Current reports on loss of life are variable, but under 100 people. Which is a tragic loss of life, but this town alone has more than 50,000 residents. It’s shocking how powerful the storm is, but it drops, causes a path of destruction, and lifts, and most of the area is spared. Most homes, schools, and businesses were unaffected.

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