Authorities in Oklahoma now say 19 people were killed in last Friday’s storms. At 2.6 miles wide The National Weather Service says the powerful EF5 tornado that hit El Reno, Oklahoma is the widest tornado ever recorded.
– CNN Meteorologist Chad Meyers has the latest
Storm Chaser Reed Timer is on 'Starting Point' with John Berman and Christine Romans discussing the safety concerns behind storm chasing after the death of two prominent storm chasers during a fatal, erratic tornado in Oklahoma. Samaras was known for putting safety first while storm chasing, and for his dedication to tornado science.
The death of the three men in Oklahoma left a community stunned over the weekend. Reed Timer was close friends with storm chaser Tim Samaras, who died on Friday along with his 24-year old son Paul, and fellow storm chaser Carl Young. Timmer says he “woke up to a nightmare’ upon discovering the passing of his close friends, and was 'astonished' to learn of the loss to the storm chasing profession.
Timmer says he knows Samaras will 'always be looking out for us as we're storm chasing moving forward.'
He wants people to remember Samsara for the contributions he made in advancing our understanding of Tornadoes, and all he did to help prevent the loss of life from Tornadoes.
READ MORE: 'Unpredictable' storm in Oklahoma turned on three chasers
Country singer Blake Shelton will lead an all-star lineup at a concert to raise funds for victims of last week's deadly tornado. Shelton is a native Oklahoman. He will appear along with Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill and Usher tonight at a concert in Oklahoma City.
– CNN's Nischelle Turner is live in Oklahoma City with a preview.
Plaza Towers Elementary School was demolished in the storm Monday. Teachers Rhonda Crosswhite were Janice Brim put their lives at risk to protect the school children as the tornado struck the school.
CNN's John Berman talks to the parents of Emily Conatzer, a 9-year-old victim of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Parents saw daughter just before tornado.
CNN's John Berman reports severe thunderstorms hit Moore, Oklahoma just days after an EF5 tornado caused mass destruction in the area.
When a monster tornado is headed your way - the wrong decision could kill you, and there's usually not much time to react. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta breaks down what you should do in the important moments right before a tornado hits.
Moore Public Schools Asst. Supt. Robert Romines talks with John Berman on 'Starting Point' about the heroism of teachers in schools caught in the tornado.
READ MORE: Piece of children's book reflects the loss in Oklahoma town
Nine-year-old Emily Conatzer was killed when a tornado struck her school in Moore, OK on Monday. John Berman met with her parents yesterday, shortly after they planned their daughter’s funeral.
“She was a fashion diva,” Emily’s dad Christopher Conatzer says. “She was beautiful. She always twirled around and had little ballerina dresses and she loved Lady Gaga. That inspired her to be a fashion designer and she would make stuff like this hat for me and made her own skirt.”
Emily painted her mom’s nails blue the night before the tornado. “She had it all over the place and I had to clean it up," Kristi Conatzer says. "But now I don't want to take it off.”
Moore Oklahoma Fire Chief Gary Bird is on 'Starting Point' with John Berman, Chris Cuomo, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussing the search and rescue effort after the devastating tornado. He says he is 98% sure bodies & survivors found.