Why Wasn't This Town Prepared When the Big Tornado Hit?
In May of 2013, a monster twister hit Moore, Oklahoma and killed 25 people—among them, seven small children. It didn’t have to be that way.
They call Moore, Oklahoma, “Tornado Ally in Tornado Alley.” In 1999, the town was pulverized by a monster twister.
Lack of funds and the fatalism of the town’s inhabitants meant that little was done to protect the town against future storms. So, on May 20th 2013, when another deadly storm bore down on Moore, few buildings had storm shelters.
At Plaza Elementary School, which took a direct hit, seven children died.
Holly Bailey, a former White House correspondent for Newsweek, who grew up in Moore, arrived the day after the tornado to discover that familiar childhood landmarks had been obliterated. Her new book, The Mercy of The Skies: The Story of a Tornado, weaves together the stories of half a dozen