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*First Two Victims Identified*

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

A 9-year-old girl who was, "always smiling," is among the first of the Oklahoma tornado victims to be identified.

Third-grader, Ja'Nae Hornsby, was one of the students who perished when the twister demolished Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, OK, on Monday afternoon.

Members of her grieving family gathered Tuesday at a Baptist church in Oklahoma City to console each other after a night of anxious waiting ended with a hope-shattering call from the medical examiner's office.

Her aunt, Angela Hornsby, said Ja'Nae had spent last weekend at her house, playing with her cousins and, “doing what little girls do.”

“They like to play dress-up,” she recalled. “My daughter puts jewelry on them and I took pictures of them dancing together and they took video. They were just happy.

"She was always happy, always smiling."

On Monday, Ja'Nae went off to Plaza Towers Elementary School while her father, Joshua, headed into Oklahoma City for work.

As the tornado bore down on the suburb of Moore just before dismissal time, the father of two tried to race back home to get Ja'Nae from school and his two-year-old, Jia, from daycare, Angela Hornsby said.

The highways were jammed, though, and by the time he got to Moore, the grade school had been reduced to a pile of rubble, its parking lot transformed into a triage area for surviving students being pulled from the debris.

There was no sign of Ja'Nae, though. Her father and other relatives shuttled from shelter to shelter, “looking for answers,” Angela Hornsby said. She dialed all the hospitals that had taken the injured but could not find her niece.

As night fell, Joshua Hornsby went to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, where a dwindling number of parents waiting for reunions were camped out.

“He would not leave until he found out what happened to his baby,” his sister said. “They received a call while they were at the church this morning."

“My sister called to tell me. They were just sobbing.”

Joshua Hornsby also lost his house to the twister. His youngest child, who was picked up from daycare by her grandmother, survived.

Ja'Nae, whose mother died last year of lupus, had doted on her baby sister, family members said.

“She was a good big sister,” her aunt said, her voice cracking with emotion. “She was just a good girl.”

Pastor James Dorn, Jr., of Mount Triumph Baptist Church said he had watched Ja'Nae grow up because her grandfather, Henry Hornsby, used to be the associate pastor there.

Hemant Bhonde, 65, died after a tornado struck Moore, OK, on May 21.

Like everyone else, he remembered her as full of joy.

“She was a beautiful child to be around, someone you feel privileged to know,” he said. "She did well in school. She was just awesome."

Officials in Moore late Tuesday also identify a second tornado victim as Hemant Bhonde, 65. His family members told NBC News that Bhonde became separated from his wife when the tornado hit their home. His wife survived.

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Ja'Nae Hornsby, 9, (right), with her cousin Taylor, 14, in a photo taken over the weekend.

Ja'Nae Hornsby, 9, (left), with her 2-year-old sister Jia, in a photo taken over the weekend.

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Oklahoma is part of tornado alley, yet there are zero underground shelters in that school.

The state and federal government should pay to have underground shelters built for every resident in tornado alley.

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Scary to think this shit happened just 5 hours from me

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Scary to think this shit happened just 5 hours from me
Close your windows, my friend!

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Luckily all I have to deal with is unbearable heat during the summer...no tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, or earthquakes for me

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**Photos Added** - 23 of 24 Victims Positively Identified**

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Names of 16 Oklahoma Tornado Victims Released

Updated at 09:34 PM today
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MOORE, OK - May 22, 2013 (WPVI) -- The Oklahoma medical examiner's office says it has positively identified 23 of 24 people killed in the tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, including 10 children. Officials still were trying to contact eight victims' relatives Wednesday, but released the names of 16 others:

They were identified as:

Case Futrell, 4 months

Sydnee Vargyas, 7 months

Karrina Vargyas, 4 years

Kyle Davis, 8 years

Sydney Angle, 9 years

Antonia Candelaria, 9 years

Emily Conatzer, 9 years

Janae Hornsby, 9 years

Christopher Legg, 9 years

Nicolas McCabe, 9 years

Megan Futrell, 29

Jenny Neely, 38

Shannon Quick, 40

Terri Long, 49

Cindy Plumley, age unknown

Deanna Ward, age unknown

Oklahoma tornado damage: Thousands of homes, $1.5-$2B

The tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb this week may have created $2 billion or more in damage as it tore through as many as 13,000 homes, multiple schools and a hospital, officials said Wednesday as they gave the first detailed account of the devastation.

At the same time, authorities released the identities of some of the 24 people, including 10 children, who perished. While anguish over the deaths was palpable as residents began picking up their shattered neighborhoods, many remained stunned that the twister didn't take a higher human toll during its 17 miles and 40 minutes on the ground.

The physical destruction was staggering.

"The tornado that we're talking about is the 1 or 2 percent tornado," Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood said of the twister, which measured a top-of-the-scale EF5 with winds of at least 200 mph. "This is the anomaly that flattens everything to the ground."

As response teams transitioned into cleanup and recovery, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, who sent police and fire crews from his city to assist the effort, said an early assessment estimated damage costs at between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.

The Oklahoma Insurance Department, meanwhile, said visual assessments of the extensive damage zone suggest the cost could be greater than the $2 billion from the 2011 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., and killed nearly seven times as many people.

Though there was little more than 10 minutes warning that a tornado was on the ground Monday and headed for Moore, many in the area are accustomed to severe storms. The community of 56,000 people has been hit by four tornados since 1998, and residents already were on alert after weekend storms and days of warnings. Because the tornado hit in the afternoon, many others were away from the neighborhoods and out of harm's way at work.

Looking over the broken brick, smashed wood and scattered appliances that is all that remains of the home where Dawn Duffy-Relf's aunt lived with her two daughters, Duffy-Relf and her husband marveled at the devastation - and the survival rate.

Duffy-Relf credited central Oklahoma residents' instincts and habits: they watch the weather reports, they look at the sky, they know what they can and can't outrun.

"We know where we live," she said as she tried to salvage as much from the home as possible before her aunt returned from a vacation to Mexico.

Her husband, Paul Duffy-Relf, also noted the rise of social media and cellphone use since the last massive storm smashed the town more than a decade ago. He said people posted on Facebook and Twitter ahead of Monday's storm, telling others where the tornado was and when to flee. And some never left their cellphones, staying on the line with loved ones as long as they could, and working to quickly reconnect with those who needed help afterward.

"People are still looking for their wallets, but they have their cellphones," he said.

Harold Brooks, research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla., said long-range forecasting models also have dramatically improved and are able to provide insight even a week before a storm strikes.

Brooks said people in the storm's direct path had time to pick out their safe place - even if it was their home's bathtub - when there was first word of a massive tornado bearing down on them.

"If you take appropriate action, you go to your safe place, you can dramatically increase the probability you'll survive," he said.

To Brooks, the Joplin tornado was the oddity in terms of lives lost. That tornado struck on a Sunday evening two years ago this week.

"It's a number that I really don't understand what led to that," he said. "It could be the timing, 5:30 on a Sunday night, or bad luck. That was the outlier."

While estimating that between 12,000 and 13,000 homes were affected by Monday's tornado, emergency officials said they were unable to estimate the number of people left homeless, in part because many had been taken in by relatives and only a couple dozen stayed overnight at Red Cross shelters.

President Barack Obama plans to view the destruction firsthand on Sunday. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, meanwhile, visited Wednesday and again pledged the federal government's ongoing support. She urged people to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to learn about aid for which they may qualify.

"We know that people are really hurting," she said. "There's a lot of recovery yet to do. ... We will be here to stay until this recovery is complete. You have our commitment on that."
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Associated Press writers Tim Talley in Moore, Ken A. Miller in Oklahoma City and Justin Juozapavicius in Tulsa contributed to this report.
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**Woman Endures Labor as Twister Destroys Hospital*

Tornado Birth: Mom Endures Labor as Twister Destroys Hospital

Shayla Taylor tells the story of being in active labor as her hospital room crumbles around her during the deadly Moore, Oklahoma' tornado.

By JoNel Aleccia, Senior Writer, NBC News

When a devastating tornado touched down in Moore, OK, on Monday afternoon, Shayla Taylor was on the upper floor of the local hospital, in active labor with her second child.

As the floor shook, “like an earthquake,” beneath her and ceiling tiles and insulation fell overhead, the 25-year-old huddled with four nurses, braving both the peak contractions of childbirth and the wrath of the worst twister the veteran Oklahoman had ever endured.

“We were all just sitting there holding each other’s hands and praying,” Taylor told NBC News.

The blow devastated the hospital, as news photos plainly show, ripping away the roof and walls.

After the chaos, Taylor said she heard not the freight train sound described by so many witnesses, but the absolute silence of the storm’s center. Then she opened her eyes.

“All of a sudden I could see daylight and the wall was gone,” she said. “I look out and I see I-35 and part of the Warren theater,” which later became the triage center for victims of the tornado that killed 24 and injured more than 230 people.

Taylor was quickly reunited with her husband, Jerome Taylor, 29, who had taken their 4-year-old son, Shaiden, to wait out the tornado with others in the hospital cafeteria. With the help of hospital workers, she was carefully carried through the destroyed building and out to a waiting ambulance, which whisked her 5 miles to another hospital in the Norman Regional Health System.

Three hours later, after doctors determined that the petite Taylor would need a cesarean section due to the baby's size, she delivered Braeden Immanuel, a healthy 8-pound, 3-ounce boy.

“His middle name means ‘God is with us,’” said Taylor. “The name had been picked out for months. Now I know why.”

Taylor is among 30 patients and staffers at Moore Medical Center who survived the tornado, which destroyed the hospital, said Kelly Wells, a health system spokeswoman. No decision has been made yet about whether to rebuild or simply raze the site.

Two days after the storm, Taylor and her family are recovering from the trauma of the chaotic birth. The family can’t locate their car, a Toyota Camry, which had been parked in the hospital lot and is now nowhere to be found.

“I don’t know if it ended up inside the hospital or down the street,” she said.

Their home is safe, however, and Jerome Taylor, who works for The Hartford insurance company, has been overwhelmed trying to help his neighbors cope.

Oklahomans are used to tornado warnings and Taylor said she wasn’t particularly alarmed before Monday’s storm.

“I’m used to sirens,” she said. “If you panicked, you’d be in a constant panic.”

Now, however, she’s thinking twice about living in Tornado Alley.

“The tornadoes always track through here,” she said. “It’s not to say everybody’s going to pack and leave tomorrow, but they start to reconsider things.”


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Newborn, Braeden Immanuel Taylor, is fine after his harrowing birth, his mother says.

Jerome Taylor, left, Shayla Taylor, center, and Shaiden Taylor, right, welcomed baby Braeden Immanuel at the height of Monday's killer tornado in Moore, OK.

Moore Medical Center, a 46-bed acute care hospital at 700 S. Telephone Road, took a direct hit from the F-5 tornado, with wind speeds that topped 200 miles per hour.

An aerial view of damage at the Moore Medical Center is shown in Moore, OK, May 21, after a tornado ravaged the suburb of Oklahoma City.

She had been dilated to 9 centimeters, nearly ready to deliver the baby, when nurses gave her a quick shot to slow labor during the height of the storm.

Reunited with nurses.

*UPDATE*

Nightly News | May 23, 2013

Mother in Labor During Tornado Reunited With Nurses

Thanks to the quick work of Moore, Oklahoma, nurses, Shayla Taylor was able to safely deliver her son Braeden Immanuel – who is now nicknamed ‘Twister.’

NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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This content comes from Closed Captioning that was broadcast along with this program, (below).

>>> in the three days since that devastating tornado in moore, oklahoma we've seen so much destruction, loss of life and misery. tonight we'll leave you with a story of some people who come together to help. whether it's cleaning up, cooking a meal or even helping with a very special delivery . ron mott has our report.

>> reporter: shayla taylor embraced her son.

>> that's the wall off. furs thing, of course, was asked if all the nurses were still there and if they were okay.

>> reporter: this morning, she is reunited with nurses who moved her to another hospital when theirs took a direct hit.

>> my nurse gave me a shot to slow down the contractions. to kind of keep me from going into transition. and actually having a baby in the midst of a tornado.

>> reporter: she later delivered 8 pounds 3 ounce braden emmanuel. the talk of the town .

>> love the name. god is with us because god definitely was with us.

>> reporter: perfect strangers are with the community too coming from near and far, some toting brooms and rakes other carrying trace of steam pulled pork . all in the spirit of loving thy neighbor.

>> this is oklahoma . that's the way it is here. we all rally together when there's a need.

>> you're able to mobilize a team quickly how does that happen?

>> being barbecue cooks doing competitions we learn how to cook mobile.

>> reporter: operation mobile started up two years ago.

>> they need comfort. barbecue is comfort food .

>> reporter: while the going is tough today for many, hope and gratitude are in ample supply.

>> these women were, they were god send . they did their best to take care of me.

>> reporter: and the little guy already nicknamed twister. ron mott nbc news, moore, oklahoma.

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They need to rebuild with tornado proof homes/buildings this happens every fucking year and they do nothing, but rebuild that same crappy structures. very sad for all those kids.

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It doesn't happen every year; Oklahomans have been surviving tornados since the beginning. This was a rare EF5 tornado, which is only 1% of all tornados - the deadliest. Many have underground shelters and many do not. It has nothing to do with "crappy structures" - not much can stand up to an EF5... the town was flattened. It has nothing to do with structure and everything to do with 200+ mph wind speeds.

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