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Okla. residents affected by massive tornado face cleanup, fallout from things they saw, heard


Kandi Scott salvages items from the rubble of her home, which she shared with her mother, until it was destroyed Monday when a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) (The Associated Press)

Lives were forever changed in a few short minutes as a large tornado battered the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing at least 24 people and injuring dozens. The storm tore apart one elementary school and severely damaged another; it ripped homes off their foundations, scattered prized possessions, laid waste to businesses.

While officials are nearly certain the search for survivors and the dead is complete, the effects of Monday's tornado will linger into the coming weeks as the cleanup and rebuilding begins. There's also the emotional fallout, as residents and first responders grapple with what they saw and heard in the moments before, during and after the massive tornado.


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