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The Takeaway

Tornado Rips Through Northern Illinois

Friday, April 10, 2015

One person has reportedly been killed, and small towns like Fairdale suffered significant damage to buildings and infrastructure.

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New Jersey News

Small Tornado Hits New Jersey

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

WNYC

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down in New Jersey on Monday morning, at 9:17 am.

The tornado touched down in Berkeley Heights, before cutting a path through New Providence and Summit.

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The Takeaway

Congressman Tom Cole on Oklahoma's Recovery

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

When it comes to bad weather, Oklahoma is all too familiar with disaster. Last week's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma was the 74th presidential disaster declared in the state in the past 60 years. The state is No. 1 in tornado disasters and No. 3 for flooding. Congressman Tom Cole discusses the state’s tornado recovery effort—and where relief funding should come from.

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The Takeaway

A Plaza Towers Elementary School Teacher on Moving Forward

Monday, May 27, 2013

One week ago today, a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people, including seven children who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The tornado produced winds of more than 200 M.P.H. that leveled whole blocks of homes and businesses. Lindsie Harms, a fifth grade teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary School, explains how the community is coping.

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On The Media

Why The Tornado News Didn't Derail Scandal Coverage This Week

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Oklahoma tornado pressed pause on coverage of the scandal blitz, but only briefly. Blogger Andrew Tyndall of the Tyndall Report found that the tornado filled 91% of the three network evening news hole on Monday, and all of it on Tuesday. But by Wednesday, Tornado coverage dropped to just a third, and scandal crept back in. Brooke talks to political scientist Brendan Nyhan about what it takes for a natural disaster to overwhelm scandal coverage. 

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On The Media

A Week of Scandals, Catholic Whistleblowers, and More

Friday, May 24, 2013

Looking at the media's governmental scandal narrative, an American blog rocks Canadian politics, and whistleblowers in the Catholic Church.

WNYC News

Local Disaster Response Team Helps Oklahoma Tornado Recovery

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

An intense search and rescue operation is underway in Moore, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City suburb of 56,000 people that received the brunt of the damage from Monday’s level five tornado.

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The Takeaway

Tornadoes Tear Through the Midwest

Monday, May 20, 2013

A huge storm swept through swaths of the Midwest this weekend creating tornadoes that touched ground in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma. Rachel Hubbard is associate director at KOSU in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the first tornado touched down about a half mile from her house.

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WNYC News

Tornado Watch Issued for Region

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The National Weather Service has extended its tornado watch for New York City and Northern New Jersey until 9.p.m., and for Long Island, Westchester and southwest Connecticut until 11 p.m.

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WNYC News

2 Tornadoes Strike in NYC; No injuries Reported

Sunday, September 09, 2012

VIDEO. Two tornadoes struck the outer edges of New York City on Saturday, hurling debris into the air and knocking out power but causing no serious injuries among startled residents accustomed to thinking of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.

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WNYC News

2 Tornadoes Touch Down in NYC

Saturday, September 08, 2012

VIDEO: The National Weather Service says a second, stronger tornado touched down in Brooklyn moments after the first hit a beachside area in Queens — hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.

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The Takeaway

Recovering in Joplin, One Year After Deadly Tornado

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One year ago today, the devastating tornado in Joplin left 161 people dead, and hundreds more injured. Thousands of buildings were destroyed, including the town's high school, middle school and elementary school. Susan Moore plans to attend the groundbreaking ceremony or a new school. Susan is a Kindergarten teacher at Irving Elementary.

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The Takeaway

Strong Warnings Precede More Than 100 Tornadoes in the Midwest

Monday, April 16, 2012

“This is a life-threatening situation. You could be killed if not underground or in a tornado shelter.” That was the explicit public warning heard in communities across five states over the weekend as a weather pattern idea for the creation of severe storms lived up to its billing by weather forecasters. More than 100 tornadoes in 24 hours hit following an extraordinarily clear and persistent series of warnings days in advance. But the warning did nothing to temper the severity of the storms. Michael Kimball is a reporter with The Oklahoman, the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma.

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The Takeaway

A Home Destroyed: Rebuild or Leave Behind?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Small towns across the South and Midwest continue to rebuild this week after a series of deadly tornadoes and storms swept through late last week. What happens when the destruction of a town is so severe that you can’t pick up the pieces? What happens if you can’t patch a community back together?

Marysville is a small town in southeast Indiana. It’s the type of town with only one store, a community center, a church, and a couple dozen houses, all confined to little more than a single block. Today, the town lies in ruins. A twister swept through last Friday, destroying nearly all of the homes and ripping apart the community center and church.

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The Takeaway

Tornadoes Leave Destruction in Midwest and South

Monday, March 05, 2012

A powerful storm system stretching across a dozen states in the Midwest and the South brought on between 80 to 100 tornadoes over the weekend, leveling entire towns and killing 39 people.  In total, 17 million people were affected by the storms.  The town of Henryville, Indiana was among one of the hardest hit when an "EF4" level tornado with windspeeds of over 175 miles-per-hour tore through the town.

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The Takeaway

Severe Weather Tears Through the Midwest and South

Thursday, March 01, 2012

A storm system moving across the Midwest Wednesday morning caused tornadoes from Kansas to Kentucky.  At least twelve people were killed; six deaths were reported in the city of Harrisburg, Illinois alone where the most damage occurred. The severe weather also tore through country music resort city Branson, Missouri destructing the heart of the city's tourist district.

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The Takeaway

An Update on Joplin, Through the Eyes of Its Teachers

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A devastating tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, on May 22 of this year. One hundred sixty people were killed, and nearly a thousand were injured. According to the National Weather Service, as much as 75 percent of the city was damaged. Three days later, Susan Moore and Regina Jones, two Joplin public school teachers, joined The Takeaway to discuss its effects on the city's schools, which were closed for the remainder of the school year. Scott Meeker, enterprise editor of the Joplin Globe, also came on the program to discuss his efforts to reconnect people over Facebook. The Takeaway speaks to them again for an update on Joplin many months after the storm.

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The Takeaway

Earthquake Rattles East Coast, As Hurricane Heads for U.S.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A very rare event happened In the northeastern part of the United States yesterday. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Virginia sent tremors outward, all the way north to New York and New England, and south to North Carolina. Limited damage was reported and some even found the event to be exciting. The earthquake follows a number of natural disasters we have witnessed this year, including Japan's massive quake and tsunami, tornadoes ravaging southern states and the Mississippi River rising to historic levels, flooding cities in its path. And now Hurricane Irene, which experts predict could turn into a category 4 storm, and may hit Florida on Friday.

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WNYC News

Tornado Warning in New York Counties

Friday, July 29, 2011

A tornado warning has been issued for Westchester and Rockland counties in New York until 7:00 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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WNYC News

New York City, Surrounding Counties Under Tornado Watch

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for New York City and parts of Northern New Jersey and Connecticut through 8 p.m. tonight. 

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