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Dozens killed when huge tornado levels Oklahoma City suburb

A violent twister carved a long and destructive path on the south side of Oklahoma City in the latest of a recent rash of tornadoes. It was part of the second line of destructive storms to hit the Midwest in as many days.

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Addison Roberts, 7, climbed out of the Plaza Towers debris unscathed, and Tuesday night sat eating dinner with her family in front of her destroyed home. She complained about the quality of the cheap moncler jackets sale cheese on her turkey sandwich.

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“You can’t tell where you’re at. The whole city looks like a debris field,” Lewis said Tuesday.

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“Oh! Oh!” Garcia said. Then, “I thought God answered just one prayer, ‘Let me be okay.’ He answered both of them.”

The city of Moore has faced tornadoes before. It was hit by an EF5 twister the most powerful on moncler outlet store the Enhanced Fujita scale on May 3, 1999, with 41 reported deaths. Another strong tornado struck on May 8, 2003, but by then many residents had reinforced rooms and shelters, and there were no fatalities.

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