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Tearful reunion for Briarwood students days after tornado struck their school
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MOORE, Okla. – Students from Briarwood Elementary had a chance to meet and say goodbye to their teachers Thursday during a meeting at Wayland Bonds Elementary.

Briarwood third grader Brianna Roper said, “I’m actually pretty happy; it will be good for me.”

It was exciting, yet somber day for students. Gerald Carney recently retired from Briarwood.

He was a crossing guard so he knew most of the children.

Carney said his heart sank when he heard Briarwood was hit.

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  • credit: reddit user kookiekiller



  • This was the pond just north of the school.


  • More outside Moore Medical after the tornado. Taken by Jennifer Thompson


  • Shot from my car on I-35 N. just South of Indian Hills Rd.


  • Inside Moore Medical center, trying to get out. Taken by Jennifer Thompson


  • Debris in the cafeteria, where everyone in the hospital was evacuated to before the tornado. Taken by Jennifer Thompson


  • First glance outside to the sheer devastation. Taken by Jennifer Thompson


  • A look at the damage sustained as we came out of Moore Medical Center after the tornado


  • Image coming out of Moore Medical after the tornado. Taken by Jennifer Thompson


  • Aftermath of the tornado outside Moore Medical. Taken by Jennifer Thompson


  • Aftermath of the tornado outside Moore Medical. Taken by Jennifer Thompson


  • More aftermath of the tornado that hit Moore Medical. Taken by Jennifer Thompson


  • Taken in Newcastle Kim Arthur


  • Juggies Quik Stop Donations for tornado victims.


  • Newcastle tornado forming that hit Moore. Taken from my driveway Kim Arthur


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  • These people were fortunate enough not to loose everything, but while they cleaned up the mess with all water shut off in Moore, they said they had been waiting hours for someone to bring water.... -located in neighborhood behind Warren Theater Photo by Joshua Mikeska


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  • This was taken from the front doors of Westmoore High school yesterday.


  • Today, dropping off supplies at KFOR


  • Taken near Tecumseh rd on the east side of I-35


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  • taken by David Wheeler


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  • With all the destruction, notice the plastic bags still in their slot waiting for a student to choose it.


  • Briarwood Elementary 4 Classroom


  • Storm Chaser Photo-DEBRIS


  • View looking north on Santa Fe in Moore. Around ~S.W. 12th street.


  • View of tornado from behind, west of Southmoore H.S.


  • S.W. 13th Moore looking west to Santa Fe.


  • View near S.W. 13th looking east to Santa Fe


  • Mangled cars near S.W. 13th Moore


  • View from Santa Fe in Moore, just north of 19th, looking west.


  • Looking south on Santa Fe and 19th, Moore


  • Walgreens, Santa Fe and 19th


  • On Highway 37 - May 20th


  • Photo was taken from the area between May and Penn, just south of SW 134th (Hwy 37)


  • Looking east from SW 136th, just west of Penn.


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  • Destruction from Monday's tornado


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  • "We R Strong"


  • Credit: Bray Adams, Newcastle


  • Moore tornado on cover of Time.


  • Moore bowling alley - John Cadiz Klemack


  • "God Bless Moore" Warren Theatre


  • Plaza Towers elementary after Moore tornado May 20


  • Moore residents live in tents after tornado May 20


  • Moore residents live in tents after tornado May 20


  • Plaza Towers Elementary before and after Moore tornado May 20


  • Near SW 149 OKC/S 19th St. Moore at Santa Fe.


  • This was 2.4 in hail that came through Wynnewood, OK around 12:30am. The one my daughter has in her hand has an unusual image in the center. If you look closely, it is in the shape of a heart. This hail covered our yard and lasted about 7 mins


  • This was 2.4 in hail that came through Wynnewood, OK around 12:30am. The one my daughter has in her hand has an unusual image in the center. If you look closely, it is in the shape of a heart. This hail covered our yard and lasted about 7 mins


  • Hail Pick up from the ground 15-20 Minuets after falling. Newalla Oklahoma


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  • Near SW 149 OKC/S 19th St. Moore at Santa Fe.


  • The sky over the Shawnee Air Port 5/20/2013


  • 164th & S Western


  • May 20th tornado


  • Flag among the wreckage- Victor Lee


  • pics from I-35 looking north


  • pics from I-35 looking north


  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood


  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood


  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood


  • Highland East junior High 4th east of Eastern and surrounding neighborhood


  • Mother and son see their home for the first time


  • This is a quarter in the middle of the hail.


  • Unnamed


  • North Newcastle


  • North Newcastle


  • Heading south on Hwy 4 around hwy 37 red light. Listing to 101.9 - Meterologist was sending out extreme alert and I saw formation start to drop over bridge creek area. Very first of massive tornado that hit moore.


  • Damage in Moore


  • Lonely dog.


  • 5-20-13 storms


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  • Taken from our drive way looking South and West just before we took cover in our storm shelter which is installed in our garage.


  • Chris Jones 134th & Penn- May 20


  • Wichita Falls, TX - May 20th, 2013


  • Ronny Long- May 20


  • Softball hail Susan Allen


  • Little Axe hail Mary Stinnett


  • Hail ice - Jesse Frost



  • Lots of big hailstone in Newalla, OK - this is one about 1/2 hour after storm hit..like the bike helmet in our attempt at safety!!!!


  • Bigger than golfball


  • Taken earlier from NW OKC by Robyn McLaren


  • OKC Mayor Mick Cornett surveying Moore tornado damage


He said, “I was kind of lost. I didn’t know how my children were doing.”

While it was a happy day with hugs, balloons and stuffed animals, the memories of Monday won’t soon fade.

Cameron Clark, a Briarwood student, “I saw it was totally destroyed. My eyes were watering. I was wondering if all my friends were OK.”

*For continuing coverage of the devastation and cleanup efforts in Moore, CLICK HERE.*

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