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    Marvin Dixon, the grandfather of 8-year-old tornado victim Kyle Davis, glances down at a photo of his grandson while sitting for a portrait in the lobby of a funeral home where his grandson awaits burial, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Nine-year-old Sydney Angle was "everywhere at once" when she was out on the softball field. Kyle Davis, 8, was nicknamed "The Wall" because of his size and presence on the soccer field. JaNae Hornsby, also 9, was the life of the party.

    The three were among seven small children pulled lifeless from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School after a monstrous tornado raked across the building, leaving the one-story building a heap of bricks, broken concrete and twisted metal. In all, 24 people were killed - including 10 children - when Monday's storm ravaged Moore and a slice of Oklahoma City.

    Landon McNeill, Angle's softball coach, lovingly called the charismatic kid "a pickle." He said he was with Sydney's parents Monday night as they waited at a church for news about their daughter. Her older sister, who was also at the school, made it out safely, and they held out hope that Sydney had ended up with someone else and would turn up.

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    "Sydney was real quirky," McNeill said. "She could be anywhere and have fun doing it."

    The family also lost their home in the tornado, and players and parents from Sydney's softball league fanned out across intersections in south Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon collecting donations for her family.

    Sydney's passion for softball was well known, and when she didn't do well, she would get down on herself.

    This month, though, Sydney had excelled. She had two goals: win MVP, which she did at a tournament earlier this month, and pitch. The second goal was a tall order, because she played in a machine-pitch league. But last weekend the team played in a kid-pitch tournament, and Sydney achieved her milestone.

    "She loved to play softball and she wanted to succeed at it," McNeill said.

    Nicknamed "The Wall," Kyle Davis loved another sport - soccer - and going to monster truck exhibitions at the fairgrounds with his grandfather.

    As the ominous funnel cloud began its 17-mile path, Kyle took shelter in the school's gymnasium with dozens of other students, said his grandfather Marvin Dixon.

    "He was in the position that the teacher told them to be in - crouched down with their hands over their heads," Dixon said. "The medical examiner said either some big rock or beam or something fell right on the back of his neck. He said he died instantly."

    "Plaza did the best they could," said Kyle's mother, Mikki Davis, at the family's visitation Wednesday. "That's all they have. I'm big on the schools need shelters. They need storm cellars, something where these kids can go and we're not picking through rubble to try and find our kids. We can know that they're underground, that they're safe, that if this should ever happen again, and I wouldn't wish that on anybody, we're not going through rubble, we're going right there and getting all those kids out."

    VIDEO ON SKYE: Watch: Heartbreaking Video of Tornado Destruction in Oklahoma

    Monday night was a long night of waiting, she said. She said she was left with worried thoughts: Was he trapped, cold, hungry?

    "Is he screaming, is he crying?" she said. Authorities didn't confirm Kyle's death until Tuesday morning, she said.

    Dixon counted his grandson among the lucky ones. The medical examiner reported that the six other children who died at the school suffocated after being buried under a mass of bricks, steel and other materials as the building collapsed. Dixon said a morgue worker told him some of the children who suffocated were huddled in one of the school's bathrooms.

    "He said some of the kids were hurt so bad it was tough to even identify them," Dixon said, his voice cracking with emotion.

    Kyle earned his nickname, "The Wall," because of the ferocity with which he played his favorite sport - soccer.

    "He was a pretty big kid," his grandfather said. "Whenever he had the ball, other kids would just bounce off of him. That's why they called him that. ... He was just the kindest, most giving kid you would ever meet. He had a grin from ear to ear."

    SEE ON SKYE: Watch: Incredible Time-Lapse Video of Oklahoma Tornado

    JaNae Hornsby's father, Joshua Hornsby, rushed toward the Plaza Towers school when he realized the powerful tornado packing speeds up to 200 mph was bearing down on the town. But it took him 30 minutes. The tornado already slammed through the building.

    "I was just in panic," Hornsby said, recalling those minutes when he realized the school had been hit and he hadn't made it in time.

    "I just kept going until I got to the school and when I got to the school I started to look for JaNae," he said Wednesday, sitting on the small front porch of a relative's home in nearby Oklahoma City.

    By then, the third-grader was among those suffocated beneath the debris.

    Frantic, he combed through the rubble with other students and first responders looking desperately for JaNae. Slowly, more and more children were pulled from the rubble. Some had scratches and bruises. Some were bleeding. But they were alive. And none of them were JaNae.

    With each passing minute, "there was still more panic," Hornsby said.

    For two days, Hornsby and a small group of parents whose children were not found in the rubble waited at a church in Moore.

    "I was still hopeful that maybe she would turn up," Hornsby said, thinking she might be at a friend's house or someplace else.

    On Tuesday, he was at the church when he received the news.

    His daughter was among the 10 children killed, buried under the rubble of a school that had always been a safe haven. The official cause of her death was mechanical asphyxia.

    The family's house, just three blocks from the school, also was destroyed. He hasn't gone back to see if he might find a few of JaNae's things to keep.

    "JaNae was the life of the party. If JaNae was there, you were having a good time. She liked to sing, be a big sister, be a big cousin. She liked to draw," he said.

    As family gathered to make funeral arrangements and comfort one another, Hornsby looked behind him into the house.

    "If she was here, she would just have everybody laughing and she would be in the midst of everything. She loved the spotlight," he said.

    Christopher Legg, another 9-year-old who was among the children found suffocated under debris, was described by his family as someone who never met a stranger - everyone was a friend.

    Christopher played football, baseball and basketball and "loved to roughhouse and wrestle" with his father, older brother and little sister, his family said in a statement. The youngster also faced his diagnosis with skin cancer and an illness that can cause painful inflammation of the knees in young athletes "with the same strength and enthusiasm that he had for life."

    PHOTOS ON SKYE: Massive Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma
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    Okla. Teens Get Video of Deadly Tornado Overhead
    MOORE, Oklahoma (AP) - Two young men who took cover in a cellar during this week's deadly tornado in Oklahoma used their cellphones to get video as it roared overhead.

    Charles Gafford was at the home of friend Alex Rodriguez as the tornado struck Monday.

    Shot through an opening in the overhead door, the video shows debris, including tree limbs and a tire, flying past. The video has attracted more than 280,000 views on Youtube.

    Rodriguez's mother, Amanda Odom, told the Associated Press that 19-year-olds "do stupid things" and if she had been home, there would be no video.

    The tornado is blamed for at least 24 deaths.

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    Updated Thursday, May 23, 2013, 2:31 p.m. ET

    Residents sort through their tornado-ravaged homes, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) - A band of thunderstorms battered the Oklahoma City area Thursday, slowing cleanup operations in the suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes this week.

    The first of the funerals, for a 9-year-old girl killed at a Moore elementary school that took a direct hit in Monday's storm, took place Thursday morning. A family photo showed the girl, Antonia Candelaria, beaming with a big smile and wearing a white sun hat.

    Early estimates indicate the tornado caused more than $2 billion of damage in Moore. Whole subdivisions in the fast-growing community of 56,000 people were destroyed. Authorities estimated that about 1,200 homes were damaged or destroyed and 33,000 people were affected - an especially traumatic toll for a city that had already suffered three other tornados since 1998.

    Antonia's relatives and friends huddled under umbrellas in a downpour as they hurried into a chapel for her funeral. Mournful country music played in the chapel that was adorned with photos of the smiling girl.

    Two elementary schools were hit - one was leveled - by Monday's tornado. Antonia was one of seven children who perished at the Plaza Towers Elementary School, a one-story building with barely a wall left standing. Altogether, 10 children were killed in the storm, including two infants.

    The medical examiner reported that six of the children who died at Plaza Towers suffocated after being buried under a mass of bricks, steel and other materials as the building collapsed. A seventh child who died there, 8-year-old Kyle Davis, was killed instantly by an object - perhaps a large piece of stone or a beam - that fell on the back of his neck.

    Thursday's thunderstorms produced hail, heavy rain and high winds in the morning. A flash flood warning was also in effect. The National Weather Service said more severe storms were forecast for late afternoon and at night, and that more tornados were a possibility.

    The weather was hampering cleanup and recovery efforts that had just begun to accelerate now that all of the missing have been accounted for. Residents were only formally allowed back into the damage zone on Wednesday afternoon, where they picked through enormous piles of debris.

    Shayne Patteson was among them, moving around the ruins of his three-bedroom home. All that was left was the tiny area where his wife hunkered down under a mattress to protect their three children when a tornado packing winds of at least 200 mph slammed through his neighborhood.

    Patteson vowed to rebuild, likely in the same place, but said next time he will have an underground storm shelter.

    "That is the first thing that will be going into the design of the house, is the storm shelter and the garage," he said as he looked around piles of bricks and plywood where their home once stood.

    Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said Wednesday he would propose an ordinance in the next couple of days to require all new homes to have storm shelters.

    The city already has some. After a massive tornado tore a near-identical path in 1999, city authorities provided incentives such as federal grant dollars to help residents cover the costs of safe rooms. This time, though, Lewis thinks it is necessary to compel people to include them in all new construction.

    PHOTOS ON SKYE: Massive Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma
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    Mother and Kids Survive Tornado Under Mattress
    Sarah Patteson and her two young children survived the Oklahoma tornado with barely a scratch, despite having only a mattress for protection. Both children attended the Plaza Tower school where seven children died. Watch to see what amazing find they discover amidst the rubble during the interview.

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    Nine-Year-Old Boy Relives Oklahoma Tornado Terror

    A nine-year-old boy has relived his escape from the Oklahoma tornado after he was trapped in Briarwood Elementary School. Outside the wreckage where the school once stood in Moore, Okla., Garret Hunnan said his teachers helped him survive the monster storm.

    Briarwood was one of the casualties of the massive tornado that brought devastation to the town of Moore. Garret is unlikely to forget the moment the powerful twister hit. "My teacher said everything was going to be alright," Garret said. "I didn't believe her."

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    A satellite image available via Google Maps shows the path that a deadly tornado took as it tore through Moore, Okla., on Monday (May 20) and the scar it etched into the suburban landscape.

    In the Google Maps image, you can also click on tabs to see local reports of damage - purple tabs indicate the most severe damage.

    At its most intense, the twister was a rare EF5, the most devastating type of tornado. Its winds likely exceeded 200 mph (322 km/h) when it barreled through Moore.

    The tornado cleared a path up to 1.3 miles (2 kilometers) wide along a 17-mile-long (27 km) stretch of central Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service. The twister touched down 4.4 miles (7.1 km) west of Newcastle at 2:45 p.m. CDT and ended 4.8 miles (7.7 km) east of Moore, a southern suburb of Oklahoma City, at 3:35 p.m. CDT.

    At first, the tornado caused little damage on the ground. But it ramped up quickly, intensifying to EF4 levels in about 10 minutes, the NWS said. The twister produced widespread EF4 scale damage, as can be seen in the image in the center of its path.

    At least 24 people were killed by the tornado, and more than 300 were injured, according to local officials. The precise amount of damage will take several days to fully evaluate, but as this and other images of the Moore tornado show, it was severe.

    EF5 tornadoes are strong enough to blow away big houses and collapse tall buildings. EF4 tornadoes can level sturdy homes and send cars and other large objects flying.

    "The debris ball from the tornado, as seen on Doppler radar, expanded to over 2 miles in diameter, and debris was carried over 100 miles [160 km] from Moore," Jeff Masters of Weather Underground wrote on his WunderBlog.

    Email Douglas Main or follow him on Twitter or Google+. Follow us @OAPlanet, Facebook or Google+. Original article on LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet.

    Copyright 2013 LiveScience, a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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    May 23, 2013
    Hurricane Felix
    Hurricane Felix as seen from the International Space Station. (NASA)

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Federal forecasters are predicting yet another busy hurricane season.

    Thursday's outlook calls for 13 to 20 named storms, 7 to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and 3 to 6 that become major hurricanes.

    The prediction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is more than what's considered an average Atlantic season.

    Last year was the third-busiest on record with 19 named storms. Ten became hurricanes and two were major storms with winds over 111 mph.

    That included Sandy, which caused $50 billion in damage even though it lost hurricane status when it made landfall in New Jersey.

    The last time a major hurricane made landfall in the United States was Wilma in 2005. The seven-year U.S. landfall drought is the longest on record.

    The six-month season starts June 1.

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    By all accounts, space food isn't the most satisfying. Astronaut Chris Hadfield, who spent months at the International Space Station, complained that he missed food with texture - food that came with a crunch.

    Enter star chef David Chang of Momofuku fame.

    Tested.com's Jamie and Adam enlisted Chang to prepare a delicious, ready-to-eat meal for Hadfield - something that could be prepared by simply adding water.

    So how'd Chang do? Did Hadfield like his creation? Click play to find out.

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    In this May 20, 2013, photo, LaTisha Garcia carries her 8-year-old daughter, Jazmin Rodriguez, near Plaza Towers Elementary School after a massive tornado carved its way through Moore, Okla. This picture has become one of the enduring images from the storm. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki,File)

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) - A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children.

    And so she raced against the storm. She had 30 miles to cover from her job in Edmond to Plaza Towers Elementary School, where her 8-year-old daughter Jazmin Rodriguez is a third grader.

    She lost.

    The tornado got there first, and the destruction kept her from driving the final few hundred yards. And so she got out of her car and ran, arriving to find little left of the school and almost nothing of the neighborhood.

    Panic set in.

    Survivors of the storm were frantic, pulling children from the twisted metal and piles of concrete rubble that remained of what was once a school. She knew her three youngest children were safe at their daycare, but Jazmin was somewhere inside the rubble.

    Terror came next.

    "Right when I ran up to ask if I could start pulling people out or try to help, some guy just handed her to me," Garcia said. "I only recognized her from her clothes. My mind was in so many different places, I couldn't even remember what she wore that day."

    Finally, relief.

    The emotion seared on her face, she scooped her daughter into her arms and set off across the now barren landscape away from the place where seven of Jazmin's schoolmates had died.

    An Associated Press photographer, Sue Ogrocki, captured the moment: Mother and daughter, clutching each other, making their way to safety through a decimated neighborhood. All that stood behind them was a tree stripped of its limbs and bark, brutally wrapped in sheet metal by the storm.

    "It was a long way toward the end of the parking lot," Garcia recalled. "And she's a heavy girl. There were times I didn't think I was going to make it. But I did."

    The picture was published on hundreds of front pages around the world, becoming one of the enduring images from the storm.

    Garcia, 28, was exhausted after carrying her daughter to the parking lot, where a paramedic placed her on a backboard and rushed her to a nearby hospital. As they pulled into the parking lot of the medical center, emotions flooded over her again as she realized that building also had been decimated by the twister.

    "It was kind of overwhelming seeing the hospital was hit too," she said, her voice quivering. "It made me feel more helpless than I already felt."

    She also was gripped by what her daughter shared about the frightening moments inside the school as she and her classmates took shelter in a hallway as the storm approached.

    "She said all she really remembers is them telling them to get in the position for tornadoes. She remembers everything hitting her back, the noise, kids screaming and crying," Garcia said. "She said when she felt everything hit her back, she tried her best to just push everything off of her, and then she said she started getting lightheaded but that she just remembered to keep breathing.

    "She heard a lot of kids screaming for their moms. She just felt stuff hit her face."

    Jazmin ended up with bumps and bruises, but no long lasting injuries from the ordeal. And although Garcia's home a few blocks from the school was reduced to a pile of rubble, she's thankful Jazmin and her three younger children all survived.

    "She's just pretty banged up. The pain in her back and the soreness is just from her trying to push the bricks off of her," Garcia said. "I know she definitely had God's arms around her to walk out of there."


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    People watch as workers continue to install the new boardwalk that was damaged six months ago by Superstorm Sandy, May 4, 2013, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey rolled out some of its big guns Friday to proclaim that the shore is back following Superstorm Sandy, using Gov. Chris Christie and the cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" to tell a national audience the state is ready for summer fun.

    In fact, they even hired fun. - the rock band whose anthem "We Are Young" captures the spirit of this blue-collar oceanfront playground that was devastated by the Oct. 29 storm and has been furiously rebuilding ever since. The band played a free concert on the beach.

    "This is known as a happy place," said Paul "Pauly D" Del Vecchio, one of the cast members of "Jersey Shore," which was filmed here until wrapping up last year. "Right after the storm, it was the exact opposite: dead, silent. To see this place being rebuilt makes me happy."

    Christie, who has been racing up and down the shore opening boardwalks and talking up shore tourism all week as the summer kickoff approached, appeared on the "Today" show Friday, giving him a national pulpit to preach his message of recovery.

    "Anybody who lives in New Jersey, the Jersey shore is in your heart," Christie said. "This means everything to our state."

    The show was broadcast from Seaside Heights, where the storm swept a roller coaster into the ocean, making for one of Sandy's iconic images. The roller coaster was taken away this month, but Casino Pier, the seaside amusement park where it used to sit, plans to have 18 rides open this summer.

    Christie said about 80 percent of the shore will look as it did last summer, and acknowledged more work needs to be done to fully recover. He is to tour parts of the storm-hit shore next Tuesday with President Obama.

    Declaring the shore officially open for the summer, the governor cut a 5-mile long ribbon symbolically linking some of the shore towns that were hardest hit by the storm. He and organizers said they hope it will qualify for the Guinness World Records title for the longest ribbon-cutting.

    Tourism is a $38 billion industry in New Jersey, and shore towns are counting on a good summer to help them recoup major losses they incurred after the storm. A storm that parked itself over the shore and was expected to bring rain through Sunday morning didn't exactly help.

    But Kevin Stewart, owner of JR's Ocean bar & Grill on the boardwalk, led a Champagne toast with his bar employees right after Christie cut the ribbon.

    "Here's to a great summer!" he said as they clinked plastic cups that would normally be filled with beer.

    JR's only put up its new sign at 5:30 a.m. Friday, about 90 minutes before Christie arrived for his broadcast. The business was devastated by Sandy, with 6 feet of water in it that left behind 5 feet of sand. It lost all its inventory and signs, which cost about $300,000 to replace.

    But Stewart said he is optimistic about this summer at the shore.

    "If we get good weather, the people will still come here," he said. "Ninety percent or better of this town is rebuilt and ready to go. At the end of the day, this just might work."

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, of "Jersey Shore," said crowds will be back this summer.

    "You just come here to have a good time," she said. "It's a great place. You come here with your friends. Everybody's here, it's getting rebuilt; it's just amazing."

    Her cast-mate Deena Cortese urged tourists to patronize Seaside Heights as it recovers.

    "It's kind of like a family on the boardwalk here," she said. "Everybody needs to come this summer, especially for them."

    Mark Romanowski, a bartender at JR's, said the "Jersey Strong" slogan that has adorned T-shirts, bumper stickers and sweatshirts for fundraising efforts since the storm is not a cliché.

    "It really is the mentality we have here," he said. "People in Jersey, we may have our differences but the one common denominator is we have each other's backs."

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    In this November 2012 photo provided by his family, 8-year-old tornado victim Kyle Davis poses for a photo while attending an Oklahoma University football game at Owen Field, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/The Kyle Davis Family)

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) - One loved unicorns. Another, nicknamed "Ladybug," sang country songs. Another dreamed of one day owning a pontoon boat.

    When a top-of-the-scale EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., it took with it 24 lives. Seven of them were children at Plaza Towers Elementary school; two were only babies.

    These are the victims' stories.

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    JaNae Hornsby, 9

    Moore, Oklahoma, Tornado VictimOne of seven children killed inside the Plaza Towers Elementary School, JaNae loved to draw and sing. She loved being the center of attention, her father said.

    JaNae's house, just three blocks from the school, also was destroyed by the tornado. Her father wanted to go back to the property to see if he could find a few of JaNae's things to keep.

    "JaNae was the life of the party. If JaNae was there, you were having a good time. She liked to sing, be a big sister, be a big cousin. She liked to draw," he said, smiling, as he remembered his little girl.

    As family gathered to make funeral arrangements and comfort one another, Hornsby looked behind him into the house.

    "If she was here she would just have everybody laughing and she would be in the midst of everything. She loved the spotlight," he said.

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    Karrina Vargyas, 4

    Karrina was not quite old enough to be at school like her two older siblings. So she was at home huddled in a bathtub with her mother, younger sister and grandmother.

    The tornado threw the women and children in different directions. Her parents could not find Karrina that night. It was only later that they learned that searchers had found Karrina's body in the rubble of what had been a neighbor's house.

    Her father, Phillip Vargyas, said Karrina "had a smile that would light up the room." And whenever he feels the pain of her loss, her father said he likes to think of Karrina giving him a little hug.

    "She was something else," Phillip Vargyas told The Oklahoman newspaper. "She wanted to figure skate. That was her dream in life."

    VIDEO ON SKYE: Watch: Heartbreaking Video of Tornado Destruction in Oklahoma

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    Sydnee Vargyas, 7 months

    Just 7 months old, Sydnee had crawled for the first time on Sunday. But she never really got to enjoy her newfound freedom.

    Sydnee was huddled in the bathtub of her south Oklahoma City home with her older sister, mother and grandmother as a tornado bore down on them. The strong winds pulled Sydnee out of her mother's grasp.

    When the debris stopped swirling, Laurinda Vargyas said she found Sydnee on a driveway.

    "She was just laying there helpless. All I could do was sit there and hold her. She was already gone," Laurinda Vargyas told The Oklahoman newspaper. "They say she didn't suffer. So I've got to find peace with that."

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    Terri Long, 49

    Long, a mother of three, was driving home from her job as a registrar at the Federal Aviation Administration when she stopped at a 7-Eleven store about 2 miles from her home. That's where she died when the tornado hit.

    "I have no idea why she stopped there; I'm still trying to figure that out," said her husband of 10 years, Ken Long, his voice cracking with sorrow. But he has a guess: "She was probably trying to get away" from the tornado.

    For several hours after the tornado, Long didn't know of his wife's fate - not until her brother called her cellphone, and a police officer answered by saying her purse had been found at the convenience store.

    Terri Long may have fared no better had she made it home. Her husband, who was at work at the time of the tornado, said their house was destroyed, too. A couple of days after the tornado, Long still didn't even have any pictures of his wife in his possession. He had only memories.

    "She was just a happy person that loved her kids and family, loved Harleys and loved to be outside," Ken Long said.

    A funeral was planned Friday for Terri Long. She would have turned 50 on Monday.

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    Kyle Davis, 8

    He was known to his friends as "The Wall."

    It was a tribute to the ferocity Kyle brought to his beloved sport, soccer, and the way other players seemed to bounce off him as they went for the ball, said his grandfather, Marvin Dixon.

    Kyle, as well as six of his 9-year-old classmates, died in the Plaza Towers Elementary School. Kyle had taken shelter in the school's gymnasium with dozens of other students.

    "He was in the position that the teacher told them to be in - crouched down with their hands over their heads," Dixon said. "The medical examiner said either some big rock or beam or something fell right on the back of his neck. He said he died instantly."

    It would take a sizeable force to bring down Kyle's large but playful personality.

    "He was a pretty big kid," Dixon said. "Whenever he had the ball, other kids would just bounce off of him. That's why they called him that. ... He was just the kindest, most giving kid you would ever meet. He had a grin from ear to ear."

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    Christopher Legg, 9

    Moore, Oklahoma, Tornado VictimChristopher's years were defined by courage in the face of daunting illness.

    Diagnosed with skin cancer and Osgood-Schlatter disease - an illness which can cause painful inflammation in the knees of young athletes - Christopher nevertheless loved to play sports and "roughhouse and wrestle with his daddy" and his brother and sister, according to a statement issued by the family.

    He was among the children inside Plaza Towers when the tornado hit.

    "He is not in pain, but in joy with our Lord," the statement said.

    "He was greatly loved by all who knew him," the family said. "He never met a stranger. You were always a friend in his eyes. Just last Sunday, his grandfather remarked that Christopher was going to play center for the University of Oklahoma someday."

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    Megan Futrell, 29, and Case Futrell, 3 months

    Futrell had picked up young Case from a babysitter as the storm approached Moore. She eventually took shelter in a nearby convenience store at the suggestion of her husband, according to a relative.

    Both died when the EF5 tornado destroyed the building as the two tried to ride out the storm in the store's walk-in freezer.

    Futrell was a doting mother, active in the Little League association where another son played, her cousin, Amy Pulliam, told The Oklahoman.

    "She was my sister I never had," Pulliam said. "It's hard, it's hard, it's hard. But there's nothing you can do now."

    Futrell's husband, Cody, who told his wife to seek shelter inside the store, was overcome with grief, Pulliam said.

    "As soon as the tornado went over he just took off running," she said. "When he made it as far as Little River Park he saw there was nothing" left of the store.

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    Antonia Candelaria, 9

    Moore, Oklahoma, Tornado VictimAntonia loved to sing. She knew the words to most of the songs on the country radio station her family frequently had on and she would sing along, bringing joy to the house.

    In an obituary, the family remembered the "gentle and loving spirit" of a girl with a sweet nickname, "Ladybug," that complimented those of her two sisters, who are affectionately called "Butterfly" and "Dragonfly."

    The third-grader recently auditioned to sing in a talent show scheduled for the last day of school at Plaza Towers Elementary. The girl died at the school with seven other children, including her best friend and next-door neighbor, Emily Conatzer.

    "Tonie always danced, not walked, to the beat of her own drum," the family wrote in her obit. "And she banged her drum very well. She would bang that drum so loud that others could not help but to start dancing to her beat as well."

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    Emily Conatzer, 9

    Emily loved unicorns, Lady Gaga and dreamed of one day traveling to Paris to become a fashion designer.

    The third-grader died at Plaza Towers Elementary with seven other children, including her best friend Antonia Candelaria.

    Emily "rode up to heaven on a unicorn traveling on a path of love leaving Moore," her family wrote in her obituary.

    She was a beautiful princess, her family wrote, with a love for "all things girly."

    A mother to a cat named Sabbath that wandered into her family's home one day, Emily was also a gifted dancer who could sing "Time Warp" in its entirety.

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    Nicolas McCabe, 9

    Nicolas was a vibrant kid who loved the water and one day dreamed of owning his own pontoon boat.

    His parents, Scott and Stacey, remembered their son was born just outside the couple's home because he "came so quickly that (they) couldn't even make it to the hospital," according to his obituary.

    Nicolas was smart and had an "ornery grin," his parents wrote.

    He loved going to the lake, playing with Legos and listening to country music. Nicolas' parents said their son "adored" his family and all the friends he made at Plaza Towers. Emily Conatzer and Sydney Angle were his classmates at school.

    "Though his years weren't many, the memories and impressions he left on those he came into contact with is sure to endure forever," his parents wrote.

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    Sydney Angle, 9

    Moore, Oklahoma, Tornado VictimSydney had a passion for softball. She had two goals in her sport, win MVP and pitch.

    She recently accomplished both - collecting the most valuable title earlier this month and pitching in a tournament last weekend.

    "She had a smile that would light up; always had a smile. She was a wonderful young lady," family friend Laura Schneider told television station Fox 6 in Milwaukee. Sydney's parents were originally from Wisconsin.

    Sydney's softball coach, Landon McNeill, called the kid "a pickle."

    "Sydney was real quirky," McNeill said. "She could be anywhere and have fun doing it."

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    Shannon Quick, 40

    Quick spent a lot of time watching her sons' baseball games. She loved cooking and was known for putting together a tasty Crock-Pot dinner for her family.

    On Monday, she had picked up her 8-year-old Jackson and 13-year-old son Tanner from school early because the family was getting ready to go on a vacation to Virginia.

    But an approaching tornado forced her to huddle in the closet of their home near Briarwood Elementary School with her children, mother and their dog, Luke. Quick was killed, and the dog had to be put to sleep because of its injuries.

    Jackson was hospitalized with severe leg and pelvic injuries. Tanner escaped the tornado with scrapes and bruises. Her mother, Joy Waldroop, was taken to a hospital with a broken heel and a hole in her right arm.

    "I couldn't ask for a better daughter," Waldroop, 61, told The Oklahoman newspaper, from the hospital. "She cared for her family."

    Shannon Quick had been married to Mike Quick since 1995.

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    Tewauna Robinson, 45

    Robinson's daughter, Angeletta Santiago, was planning on moving from St. Louis to the Oklahoma City area to be closer to her mom because she was suffering several health issues.

    She planned to leave Tuesday morning.

    A day earlier, Robinson called her daughter to tell her that the tornado had touched down and she was going to take cover in her closet. It was around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

    The brief conversation ended when Robinson told her daughter, "I love you," and then hung up, news station KSDK of St. Louis reported.

    After the storm hit, Santiago frantically tried to get information about her mother, taking to Facebook to see if she could find any piece of helpful information.

    Robinson's house was destroyed. It was located near the Plaza Towers Elementary School, which also was ravaged by the storm.

    SEE ON SKYE: Look: Interactive Google Map Reveals Moore Tornado's Path
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    Hemant Bhonde, 65

    Bhonde was a kind man who made friends easily and would do anything to help anybody out.

    He took refuge from the storm with his wife, Jerrie. The couple waited inside the shower, clinging to each other as the tornado destroyed the couple's home.

    Jerrie Bhonde remembers that suddenly, the couple's bathroom disappeared.

    "Walls were hitting me. I was knocked on the floor," she told NBC News from her hospital bed, where she was recovering from her injuries.

    The couple's daughter, Geeta, described her father as "a generous, caring man."

    "Funny, silly, I mean, give you the shirt off his back, literally. The best guy you'll ever meet," Geeta told the news station.

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    Randy Smith, 39

    Smith enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing video games and watching movies with his son, according to his obituary.

    He attended U.S. Grant High School in Oklahoma City and was an electrician, living in Moore.

    Survivors include his son, parents, two sisters, a brother and a grandfather.

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    Jeany Neely, 38

    Neely was always available to those in need.

    "Jeany was a great loving caring mother whose first love was her two sons," her obituary said. "She also had a heart for animals and she loved every stray dog she ever met."

    Neely was a nurse at Midwest City Nursing Center and had spent most of her career working in the health care industry, and was also described as athletic and a person who enjoyed working out.

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    Cindy Plumley, 49

    Plumley's family was her life.

    A licensed nurse, she worked at a veterans center in nearby Norman.

    "She enjoyed spending every moment she had with her children and grandchildren," her family wrote in her obituary.

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    Deanna Ward, 70

    Ward was described by her daughter, Shelly Irvin, as the "best mom in the world."

    She died in Monday's storm in the closet of her home about a block from Plaza Elementary School while holding hands with her son.

    Her son survived.

    Ward was a retired nurse and was frail, and Irvin told The Oklahoman her son did not have enough time to get their mother into a car and leave the area.

    "My brother and I have been through a lot of struggles and she never gave up on us. She was always there," Irvin told the newspaper.

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    Rick Jones, 54

    Jones was a well-liked postal worker and member of the Oklahoma City Area Local, according to the American Postal Workers Union.

    "The devastation suffered by the community is almost too much to bear," human relations director Sue Carney said. "At last count, at least 12 postal employees lost everything."

    The homes of nine APWU members were destroyed, and dozens more had significant damage, Carney said.

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    Mt. Kanchenjunga (Getty Images)

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Five climbers, including two Hungarians and a South Korean, are missing on the world's third-highest mountain and feared dead, a mountaineering official said Friday.

    The five disappeared Monday on Mount Kanchenjunga, and bad weather was preventing a rescue helicopter from reaching their base camp.

    Mountaineering Department official Dipendra Poudel said Friday that the climbers were descending from the summit when they were believed to have slipped or fallen at an altitude of about 25,900 feet.

    The Hungarians have been identified as Zsolt Eross, 45, and Peter Kiss, 27, while the South Korean climber is Namsoo Park, 47. The Nepalese guides have been identified as Phu Dorjee, 24, and Bibash Gurung, 25.

    Eross has scaled 10 of the 14 highest peaks in the world and was the first from his country to scale Mount Everest.

    Kanchenjunga is 28,162 feet high.

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    The tornado was felt in Sacramento, Calif., pictured above. (Getty Images)

    GREENVILLE, Calif. (AP) - An earthquake in far northeastern California was felt by thousands of people as far away as San Francisco and in two other states, but there have been no reports of injury or serious damage.

    The magnitude-5.7 quake broke dishes and shook mirrors when it struck at 8:47 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

    It was centered near Greenville, about 25 miles southwest of Susanville in far northeastern California, said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colo.

    There have been several aftershocks, including a magnitude 4.9 that struck early Friday morning.

    Slight damage has been reported including objects falling from shelves and dishes rattled or broken, according to a report from the National Weather Service.

    Susan Shephard and her husband Alan Shephard, who run the Quail Lodge at Lake Almanor near Greenville very close to the epicenter, said they were watching "The Hunger Games" on TV when the whole building started shaking.

    "All of a sudden things started falling off the shelves, mirrors fell off the wall, vases fell down to the floor, everything started crashing," Shephard told the Redding Record-Searchlight. "It felt like the end of our world."

    The Susanville Fire Department said it had received no reports of damage, and a Plumas County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said calls were flooding into its office but no reports of damage.

    Thousands of people reported feeling the quake, as far away as the San Francisco Bay area and across the borders into Oregon and Nevada, according to the USGS website.

    KCRA-TV in Sacramento reported that the Plumas County temblor was felt in downtown Sacramento, about 145 miles south of the epicenter.

    People in Yuba and Sutter Counties, south of Plumas, said they felt a rolling quake, according to the Marysville Appeal-Democrat.

    "People in the area felt a strong jolt, but it was not enough to generate serious damage, based on early field reports," Abreu said.

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    On Thursday, May 23, 2013, Sherry Wells stands near the storm shelter where she took cover when a tornado destroyed her home on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb)

    MOORE, Okla. (AP) - After living nearly 20 years in their one-story brick home, Sherry and Larry Wells finally won the lottery - for a state rebate on a home storm shelter, that is. A contractor finished installing the concrete bunker beneath the slab of their garage in early May. About three weeks later, the shelter saved their lives when a tornado that killed 24 people tore through their neighborhood.

    Should residential storm shelters be mandatory in the midst of Tornado Alley? Absolutely, says Sherry Wells, "It's the best thing ever."

    But not a single state currently requires them in homes. And not many communities do so either, though officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are now considering it.

    Despite the life-saving potential of personal storm shelters, the cost remains a deterrent. So, too, does a general resistance to government mandates in politically conservative states such as Oklahoma, where tornadoes are most prevalent. Even the director of an association of storm shelter manufacturers, based in Texas, is opposed to a storm shelter mandate for new homes.

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    "Any time a governmental entity says 'thou shalt' and tries to take an individual decision into the public domain, it's going to get pushback, and you're also going to raise the cost of things," said Ernst Kiesling, executive director of the National Storm Shelter Association and a retired civil engineering professor Texas Tech University.

    The science of storm shelters has advanced considerably since Dorothy failed to make it to the tornado cellar at Aunty Em's Kansas farm in the 1938 movie "The Wizard of Oz." Some shelters still are dug underground in the backyard. But they are increasingly made with specially fabricated concrete and steel doors to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency specifications. And they aren't necessarily underground. In some cases, closets or bathrooms are being fortified to double as "safe rooms" that can withstand furious winds even if the rest of the house is blown away.

    In 2011, Oklahoma announced the SoonerSafe incentive program, offering federally financed rebates of up to $2,000 to residents who install storm shelters. The state uses a lottery-style drawing to select rebate winners from among the thousands of online applications. Sherry Wells said she won this year. She and her husband decided to get the biggest shelter available - a vault-like box with wooden benches - at a cost of $4,800. The project was so freshly finished that the Wells hadn't even submitted their rebate forms when the tornado hit on Monday.

    "If it wasn't for the hand of God and the cellar, we wouldn't be here," Wells said as she sorted through the rubble of her home Thursday.

    A little over 3,000 residential storm shelters are registered in Moore, a city of about 56,000, said community development director Elizabeth Jones.

    VIDEO ON SKYE: Watch: Heartbreaking Video of Tornado Destruction in Oklahoma

    Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis wants to propose a city ordinance requiring all new homes to have storm shelters. But realistically, he said, city officials may be able to require them only in new assisted living facilities and apartment complexes because of cost concerns. Contractors will be part of the conversation with the City Council to see whether a broader requirement is possible, Lewis said.

    "We want to be competitive," he said. "We don't want to price them out of the market."

    Asked at a news conference if a similar mandate might be considered statewide, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin quickly shot down the suggestion.

    "We aren't going to require people to do anything, but if someone chooses to do that, we certainly encourage it," Fallin said.

    In the aftermath of a devastating tornado two years ago, the Joplin City Council in southwest Missouri considered several code and policy changes for homes but ultimately decided against a safe room requirement, City Manager Mark Rohr said.

    "I think there's a viewpoint that that's a personal determination to make," Rohr said.

    About 7,500 homes were damaged or destroyed in the May 2011 Joplin tornado. Rohr said 84 percent of homes have been rebuilt, fixed or have permits pending. While the city doesn't require safe rooms, it recommends that people "shelter in place" in the event of a storm - either in a basement, an interior closet or a safe room - rather than leaving to try to make it to one of several community storm shelters being built at Joplin schools.

    SEE ON SKYE: Watch: Incredible Time-Lapse Video of Oklahoma Tornado

    Some local governments have taken a partial step toward a residential storm shelter mandate. A Wichita, Kan., ordinance adopted in 1994 requires storm shelters in existing mobile home parks with at least 20 homes and in new parks with at least 10 mobile homes. A 2000 ordinance adopted in Wichita's home of Sedgwick County also required storm shelters for all new mobile home parks with space for at least 10 homes.

    Alabama is the only state that requires new schools to be built with safe rooms, according to the National Storm Shelter Association. But similar mandates could come in the future. Kiesling said a draft of the 2015 update for the International Building Code calls for new schools to have storm-safe areas. Many states and cities incorporate those building standards into their own laws.

    Although several schools in the Oklahoma City area already have safe rooms, the two elementary schools that were destroyed by Monday's tornado did not have them. Seven children died in one of those schools.

    Yet the question remains. If the government were to mandate safe rooms in schools or homes, would people actually use them?

    With a tornado visibly approaching their Moore home, 20-year-old Maritza Marin fled by vehicle with her mother, father and a younger sister. They drove several blocks away, then returned to see a neighbor's red car dumped onto what once was her bedroom. Marin said their home had no storm shelter. She likes the mayor's proposed requirement, but she's not sure she would use a storm shelter if she again found herself facing a tornado.

    "I think it would be good to have a shelter, but if you can run away from one, it's better," Marin said.

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    A storm packing chilly air, wind and rain will bring nasty conditions to start the Memorial Day weekend in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic.

    The pattern will be similar to that of late March or early April.

    The storm system responsible for severe weather and deadly tornadoes over the Plains earlier this week will give birth to a new storm over the Northeast as the holiday weekend begins.

    A swath of localized thundery downpours developed from part of the Delmarva Peninsula and Pennsylvania northeastward to Maine Thursday evening.

    The weather into Saturday could be a flat-out nasty way to start the summer season from portions of northern New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and eastern New York state to northern New England with a driving wind, rain and temperatures in the 50s and lower 60s in many locations.

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    According to expert senior meteorologist Henry Margusity, "It is not entirely out of the question that it gets cold enough for the highest elevations of the Northeast, especially the Adirondacks, Green and White mountains to have wet snowflakes mixing in during part of the weekend."

    The storm will squeeze out a great deal of moisture from the atmosphere, while drawing additional moisture in from the Atlantic Ocean.

    According to expert senior meteorologist Brett Anderson, "The period from Thursday to Sunday can bring 4 or more inches of rain to some locations with isolated incidents of flash and urban flooding."

    Anderson is especially concerned about flooding in areas that have received rain earlier this past week.

    The storm will slowly spin off to the northeast during the second half of the weekend with improving weather conditions. However, portions of New England may hold onto clouds, spotty rain and drizzle through Sunday and possibly into Monday morning.

    Memorial Day is forecast turn out sunny and seasonable for most other areas in the Northeast. Clouds and showers could roll eastward across part of the Oho Valley.

    A word of caution for those who garden and have tender crops in the fields. Temperatures will dip to near freezing in eastern parts of the Ohio Valley, the eastern Great Lakes and into the central Appalachians Saturday night and Sunday night.

    For more weather news, visit AccuWeather.com.

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    Using aerial photos taken by the Department of Homeland Security, MapBox built this interactive map visualizing the devastation caused by the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla. Hover over different areas of the image to compare the scene before and after the tornado hit. Click on the button at the upper left to see an outline of its path. Click on the plus and minus button at the upper left to zoom in and out.

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    A teacher at Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Okla., captured the terrifying moments when an EF-5 tornado struck the school Monday, May 20. In the dramatic video, teacher Robin Dziedzic tries to comfort her students as they huddle in the darkness waiting for the twister to pass.

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