Okla. mayor says city already at work on recovery

AP News
Posted: May 21, 2013 2:14 AM

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Glenn Lewis was the mayor of Moore, Okla., when the strongest tornado on record whipped the city in 1999, and he says the most recent storm won't deter the community from rebuilding.

Monday's storm in the Oklahoma City suburbs left more than four dozen people dead. Lewis said this year's twister was bigger than one that hit in 1999, though its winds were not as strong. A city hospital and numerous businesses were damaged in Monday's twister, which had winds of up to 200 mph. Two elementary schools also were hit.

A storm in May 1999 had winds of 302 mph.

Lewis said the cleanup has already started — and that city workers were already at work printing new street signs to replace those that blew away.