A tragedy on Twitter

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@reedtimmerTVN: STRONG tornado potential again tomorrow (today, Monday afternoon) over much of central and eastern OK!

Timmer is a meteorologist and storm chaser.

@severestudios: LARGE, VIOLENT tornado moving into S OKC metro. MOORE AREA GET UNDERGROUND NOW! (3:07pm)
Severe Studios break severe weather news in Tornado Alley.

@dailythunder: This is just the worst.
Young is an NBA blogger at cbssports.com.

@BrittyCupcakes: Nothing scarier than being in a movie, getting evacuated due to a tornado warning, and rushing to your car with sirens going off!
Morgenstern likes cupcakes, is a nerd and plays with hair and makeup. Her heart is in Oklahoma; so says her Twitter bio.

@redcrossokc: Ugly weather potential for 55 million Americans today. Get the #tornado app http:// http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/ tornado-app … and alert friends in the area to be safe.

@MelissaNewtonTV: Leaving work early due to severe weather. Lots of lightning and dark ominous clouds near the Oklahoma Capitol.
Newton is a former television news reporter turned public relations consultant.

@byHeahterLong: Reaching out to friends/friends of friends in #OklahomaCity and praying. Sirens going off all over town. #tornado
Long is an assistant comment editor for The Guardian (U.S. edition).

@SchambachJess: Get in shelters in Moore NOW!!! Massive tornado. #okwx (3:02pm)
Schambach is a news anchor for KOCO Channel 5.

@TheLostOgle: This is bringing up some bad memories.
The Lost Ogle is a local blog.

@MikeFrancisWX: Moore Oklahoma is flattened….. I haven’t seen anything like this since 1999 #news
Francis is a TV meteorologist in Atlanta.

@whpsydaisy: I’m in my first tornado shelter ever praying for YOU ALL!
Tori is an Oklahoma girl, according to her Twitter bio.

@linda4news: This powerful tornado is heading to Moore. Take cover.
Cavanaugh is a news anchor for KFOR Channel 4.

@joewertz: Hunkered down in shell station in Moore. Tornado on top of us. Power flashes. Hopefully catching just edge. #okwx
Wertz is Stateimpact Oklahoma’s digital reporter.

@vinceconn: tornado coming… getting in closet
According to his Twitter bio, Conn is a Moore resident.

@lancewest: Monster tornado tracking toward Moore take shelter NOW. 3:05pm. #4warn
West is a news anchor and reporter for KFOR Channel 4 and KAUT Channel 43.

@mdwormus:
okay, I live right next to a Briarwood Elementary and went there…
this news gives me chills… I’ll be down there soon to make a differnce

Wormus, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, lives in Norman.

@MelissaNewtonTV: Lived thru my first tornado. Our neighborhood is very damaged. Some homes are gone. Me and the dogs are safe

@NicholasOxford: Complete devastation in Moore Oklahoma.
Oxford is a freelance photojournalist in Oklahoma City.

@Moody_D: This landed on my truck, in the midst of a chaotic tornado, My God still delivers
Moody’s Twitter bio indicates he is a Moore resident.

@hillartree: This morning, everything here was normal. What a difference 12 hours make.
She lives in Moore, according to her Twitter bio.

@mattdanner: I have an empty apartment in my name for another week or so if you know anyone needing a place to stay. #okwx
Danner lives in Edmond.

Soon
after the tornado cut its deadly path, Twitter became a vehicle for
people to express support, grief, love and a swirl of emotion.

@piersmorgan:
This is utterly heart-breaking. #Oklahoma @carrieunderwood: Growing up
in tornado alley, you always know what could happen…it doesn’t change
how devastating it is when something does happen. #pray

@ActuallyNPH:
I just can’t believe the scale of that tornado that touched down in
Moore. A mile wide?!? My condolences go out to everyone affected.

@katyperry:
Sending out prayers for the people of Oklahoma tonight. Let’s help,
just text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate 10 dollars to those in need.

@TobyKeithMusic: Hometown got hit for the gazillionth time. Rise again
Moore Oklahoma. Godspeed. Prayin – T

@Oprah: Oklahoma, again we pray.

@oliviamunn:
The devastation through my home state of Oklahoma is staggering. All of
my prayers are w/the victims, especially all those kids. XOX

Jenn Scott

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