The Mercy of the Sky

The Mercy of the Sky

The Story of A Tornado

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"An acclaimed national reporter returns to her hometown to give an inside account of the deadly tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013--a dramatic, suspenseful story of human courage in the face of natural disaster" -- provided by publisher.
"Oklahomans have long been known for their fatalism and grit, but even old-timers are troubled by the twisters that are devastating the state with increasing frequency. On May 20, 2013, the worst tornado on record landed a direct hit on the small town of Moore, destroying two schools while the children cowered inside. Oklahoma native Holly Bailey grew up dreaming of becoming a storm chaser. Instead, she became Newsweek's youngest ever White House correspondent, traveling to war zones with Presidents Bush and Obama. When Moore was hit, Bailey went back both as a journalist and a hometown girl, speaking to the teachers who put their lives at risk to save their students, the weathermen more revered than rock stars and more tormented than they let on, and many shell-shocked residents" -- provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780525427490
Branch Call Number: 363.3492 BAILEY
Characteristics: 306 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Jan 25, 2017

An interesting look at the assumptions of risk of the place that is called home and how people cope with that, also a bit of pride in that we live where the skies can be wild and tolls that can sometimes take.

Dec 29, 2015

This book describes what it's like to live in one of America's "tornado alleys" and how one storm in particular turned the lives of the people of one heavily urbanized area upside down. Lightning does strike twice, as it did for Moore, Oklahoma. The story not only tells how the lives of residents were affected, but also those of government weather forecasters who didn't see it coming, and the fiercely competitive local television forecasters in neighbouring Oklahoma City who did see it coming, but were so affected by the carnage, including the deaths of children at a school, that at least one - of 35 years experience - threw in the towel because he couldn't bear covering such devastation anymore. The book is a reminder that while some states may have more tornadoes than others they can happen anywhere at anytime with little forewarning and it is a good idea to be prepared - we keep hearing about the need to have a 72 hour kit as well as a safe room - but how few of us actually have them?

LMGriffith1973 Jun 15, 2015

This is an incredible read...something very hard to put down. It is a well-written account of a devastating event. You are transported into the situation and made to feel a part of what's going on...the people are your neighbors, friends, family...the town is your town. The frightening thing is, is that it really happened. I recommend it highly.


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