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  • Lea Bessinger salvages a picture of Jesus as she and her son Josh Bessinger sort through the rubble of the elder Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Lea Bessinger salvages a picture of Jesus as she and her son Josh Bessinger sort through the rubble of the elder Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
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  • Lea Bessinger and her son Josh Bessinger look through the rubble of the elder Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Lea Bessinger and her son Josh Bessinger look through the rubble of the elder Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
    Associated Press

  • Lea Bessinger and her son Josh Bessinger sort through the rubble of the elder Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds..

      Lea Bessinger and her son Josh Bessinger sort through the rubble of the elder Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds..
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  • Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
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  • The rubble of a destroyed neighborhood lay where they fell a day earlier Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      The rubble of a destroyed neighborhood lay where they fell a day earlier Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
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  • Dalton Sprading, right, hands a gun to his uncle Roger Craft as he salvages items from his tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Dalton Sprading, right, hands a gun to his uncle Roger Craft as he salvages items from his tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
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  • A member of a security team, left, talks with a local resident amid the rubble of destroyed homes, Tuesday May 21, 2013 in Moore, Okla. Monday a massive tornado moved through Moore, Okla., flattening entire neighborhoods.

      A member of a security team, left, talks with a local resident amid the rubble of destroyed homes, Tuesday May 21, 2013 in Moore, Okla. Monday a massive tornado moved through Moore, Okla., flattening entire neighborhoods.
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  • An American flag blows in the wind at sunrise atop the rubble of a destroyed home a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph.

      An American flag blows in the wind at sunrise atop the rubble of a destroyed home a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph.
    Associated Press

  • A member of a security team helps guard an area of rubble from a destroyed residential neighborhood, one day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against the winds.

      A member of a security team helps guard an area of rubble from a destroyed residential neighborhood, one day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against the winds.
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  • This aerial photo shows damage to Plaza Towers Elementary School after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.

      This aerial photo shows damage to Plaza Towers Elementary School after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
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  • This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.

      This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
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  • A local resident allowed by security officers into an otherwise sealed off neighborhood walks past the rubble of destroyed homes, one day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph.

      A local resident allowed by security officers into an otherwise sealed off neighborhood walks past the rubble of destroyed homes, one day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph.
    Associated Press

  • Zac and Denisha Woodcock look through the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Zac and Denisha Woodcock look through the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
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  • The rubble of a destroyed neighborhood is strewn about a neighborhood in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Many homes were stripped to their foundations Monday by a tornado which moved through the area.

      The rubble of a destroyed neighborhood is strewn about a neighborhood in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Many homes were stripped to their foundations Monday by a tornado which moved through the area.
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  • Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of a tornado-ravaged rental home which they own Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
    Associated Press

  • Zac and Denisha Woodcock look through the rubble of their tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Zac and Denisha Woodcock look through the rubble of their tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
    Associated Press

  • A destroyed police car sits among the debris of tornado-ravaged homes Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      A destroyed police car sits among the debris of tornado-ravaged homes Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
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  • Residents pass a destroyed car as they walk through a tornado-ravaged neighborhood Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.)

      Residents pass a destroyed car as they walk through a tornado-ravaged neighborhood Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.)
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  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks out the window of a National Guard helicopter as she tours the tornado damage in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

      Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin looks out the window of a National Guard helicopter as she tours the tornado damage in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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  • Donnie Bessinger looks through the rubble of his tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Donnie Bessinger looks through the rubble of his tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
    Associated Press

  • An aerial view shows Briarwood Elementary with vehicles thrown about after Monday's tornado, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon.

      An aerial view shows Briarwood Elementary with vehicles thrown about after Monday's tornado, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon.
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  • An aerial view shows homes damaged by Monday's tornado as others appear untouched, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla.  At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon.

      An aerial view shows homes damaged by Monday's tornado as others appear untouched, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in the massive tornado that flattened homes and a school in Moore, on Monday afternoon.
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  • Wreckage of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., is pictured from a National Guard helicopter during a tour of tornado damaged areas by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

      Wreckage of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., is pictured from a National Guard helicopter during a tour of tornado damaged areas by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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  • Victor Gonzalez seeks shelter from the rain under a sheet of plastic as he helps a friend salvage items from a tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Victor Gonzalez seeks shelter from the rain under a sheet of plastic as he helps a friend salvage items from a tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Amber Ford, a teaching assistant, goes through the rubble of a second grade classroom she works in at the Briarwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City area Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying the elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Amber Ford, a teaching assistant, goes through the rubble of a second grade classroom she works in at the Briarwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City area Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying the elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
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  • Workers continue going through the debris at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A tornado hit the area on Monday, May 20, 2013.

      Workers continue going through the debris at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A tornado hit the area on Monday, May 20, 2013.
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  • Paula McGee reacts as she sees her home on Kings Manor in Moore, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. McGee bought the home two weeks ago and it was hit by the tornado that moved through the Moore area on Monday.

      Paula McGee reacts as she sees her home on Kings Manor in Moore, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. McGee bought the home two weeks ago and it was hit by the tornado that moved through the Moore area on Monday.
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  • Jimmy Carter climbs through a window in the front of his home as Carter, his wife, and friends spent the morning looking for salvageable items from their home in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Carter survived the tornado by getting into a storm shelter in his garage.

      Jimmy Carter climbs through a window in the front of his home as Carter, his wife, and friends spent the morning looking for salvageable items from their home in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Carter survived the tornado by getting into a storm shelter in his garage.
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  • Brian Mullins and his Father Terry survey tornado damage to the home of Brian's girlfriend Sara Robinson, right, on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Moore, Okla.

      Brian Mullins and his Father Terry survey tornado damage to the home of Brian's girlfriend Sara Robinson, right, on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Moore, Okla.
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  • A man who asked not to be identified hangs an American flag on what is left of a tree in a neighborhood north of SW 149th between Western and Santa Fe on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday.

      A man who asked not to be identified hangs an American flag on what is left of a tree in a neighborhood north of SW 149th between Western and Santa Fe on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday.
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  • Hugh Harrell walks through debris near his 2005 Chevy SSR at the house of his daughter, Kaci Harrell, 14708 S. Broadway, in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday. Hugh Harrell had the car parked in his daughter's garage to protect it from hail.

      Hugh Harrell walks through debris near his 2005 Chevy SSR at the house of his daughter, Kaci Harrell, 14708 S. Broadway, in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday. Hugh Harrell had the car parked in his daughter's garage to protect it from hail.
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  • A family looks over their destroyed home in Moore, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      A family looks over their destroyed home in Moore, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
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  • Workers cover broken glass at the front entrance of the Warren Theater the day after a tornado cut a swath through Moore, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

      Workers cover broken glass at the front entrance of the Warren Theater the day after a tornado cut a swath through Moore, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2013. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Penny Phillips throws out a bag of salvaged clothing as she goes through the remains of her home on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Moore, Okla. that was destroyed by Monday's tornado in the area near 4th and Bryant.

      Penny Phillips throws out a bag of salvaged clothing as she goes through the remains of her home on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in Moore, Okla. that was destroyed by Monday's tornado in the area near 4th and Bryant.
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