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May 23rd, 2013
01:52 PM ET

See the shelter that saved 12 lives

Brian Todd gives us an up-close look at a backyard storm shelter that protected 12 people from Oklahoma's tornado.

RELATED STORY: 22 people survived tornado in bank vault

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May 23rd, 2013
01:32 PM ET

Take tour of destroyed school

CNN's John King gets a tour of Plaza Towers Elementary School, a building completely destroyed by the Oklahoma tornado. (Video)

RELATED STORY: Families remember Oklahoma tornado victims


Filed under: John King • Oklahoma • Tornado
May 23rd, 2013
01:15 PM ET

Hear kids respond to terrifying twister

New audio reveals the fear two teachers experienced as they huddled their students in a bathroom in Oklahoma.

RELATED STORY: Piece of children's book reflects the loss in Oklahoma town

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May 22nd, 2013
07:01 PM ET

22 people survived tornado in bank vault

Jan Davis & Teresa Price of Tinker Federal Credit Union in Moore, Oklahoma describe how they hid in a vault along with 12 other workers and eight bank members as the building was destroyed.

"It was crowded" says Davis, "but if there were more people we would have crowded them right in." (Video)

The credit union posted the following photos to their Facebook page.

This is the vault where 14 TFCU employees and eight members rode out yesterday's tornado in Moore and emerged safely afterward. (From Tinker Federal Credit Union Facebook Page)

From Tinker Federal Credit Union Facebook page


Filed under: Interviews • Oklahoma • Situation Room • Tornado
Mother of 10 saves school children, loses home
May 22nd, 2013
04:39 PM ET

Mother of 10 saves school children, loses home

Maylene Sorrels is a single mom of 10 children, eight of whom still live with her. She is also a teacher's aide at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. As the tornado hit, Sorrels says she covered her bodies over several children and sang as loudly as she could in their ears as debris flew all around them, including a car. She stayed with the children until their parents came to pick them up, then went to the hospital to get treated for a concussion.

Sorrels' house was destroyed and she has been staying with relatives. If you could like to help Maylene Sorrels and her children, a donation page has been set up for them at fundrazr.com.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer spoke with her in an emotional interview. (Video)

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May 22nd, 2013
02:19 PM ET

Tornado brews, mom grabs tot and runs

A last-minute decision to leave the house saves a mother and toddler from the massive Oklahoma tornado.

RELATED STORY: Mayor of tornado-ravaged town: New law needed to keep people safe


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May 22nd, 2013
02:12 PM ET

See tornado devour roof in Oklahoma

The National Weather Service's Paul Schlatter explains how tornadoes grow into destructive storms.

RELATED STORY: Basements scarce in tornado-prone Oklahoma City area; here's why

SEE ALSO: Tornado brews, mom grabs tot and runs


Filed under: Joe Johns • Oklahoma • Tornado • Weather
May 22nd, 2013
01:51 PM ET

Victims risk returning to homes

CNN's Brian Todd reports on the dangers of residents returning home and shares one elderly woman's dramatic story of survival.

RELATED STORY: Mayor of tornado-ravaged town: New law needed to keep people safe


Filed under: Brian Todd • Oklahoma • Tornado
May 21st, 2013
01:36 PM ET

Oklahoma tornado aftermath on Instagram

CNN anchors and reporters are on the ground in Oklahoma, reporting on the devastation caused by the deadly tornado Monday and the search and rescue efforts under way.

CNN's John King and Anderson Cooper, who are both visiting areas hit by the tornado, have been sharing powerful images of the catastrophic damage on Instagram.

Crushed truck Moore, OK
andersoncooper: Crushed truck Moore, OK (via Instagram)

Renee Meyers found some old jewelry but not her beloved dog, "Boo". #oklahoma #moore
johnkingcnn: Renee Meyers found some old jewelry but not her beloved dog, "Boo". #oklahoma #moore (via Instagram)
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May 21st, 2013
12:53 PM ET

Rep. Tom Cole: Extraordinary damage

(CNN) – The tornado that swept through the outskirts of Oklahoma City Monday destroyed parts of U.S. Rep. Tom Cole’s hometown, the Republican lawmaker told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Speaking by phone, Cole said he recognized familiar landmarks in Moore, Oklahoma, as he was watching television images of the destruction, including roofs ripped off buildings and entire blocks leveled.

FULL STORY ON CNN'S POLITICAL TICKER


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