A violent weather system – threatening a severe event called a derecho – moved through the Midwest Wednesday dumping hail and rain. Some 12 million people in four states live in the area at high risk of the storms and a potential derecho, according to the National Weather Service.
The powerful tornado that swept through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday left 24 dead. As survivors survey the wreckage, they contemplate their luck, faith and building construction. The community has seen four tornados since 1998.
A monstrous tornado barreled Moore, Okla., Monday, demolishing an elementary school and a hundreds of homes. At least 24 people were killed. President Obama declared a major disaster and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.