The Moore way

Residents look over the damage in Moore, Oklahoma, USA, after a category 5 tornado touched down 20 May. Photo courtesy Rob Morris

Residents look over the damage in Moore, Oklahoma, USA, after a category 5 tornado touched down 20 May. Photo by Moore Monthly/themooredaily.com

By Brent Wheelbarger, a member of the Rotary Club of Moore, Oklahoma, USA

The tornado bears down on Moore, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy Rob Morris

The tornado bears down on Moore, Oklahoma. Photo by Moore Monthly/themore

I sat in a bus along with other media outlets from around the world. It was the day after the tornado and we were being shuttled to the various damage sites so reporters could shoot video and file stories.

For many of them, it was a first glimpse at the extent of destruction … for me, it was a pit of emotion. Many of our neighborhoods gone. Our hospital destroyed. Hundreds of cars twisted, stacked, crushed. Innumerable businesses gutted. Two of our schools reduced to rubble. I didn’t like what I saw and I didn’t like how I felt. Continue reading