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Witnessing The Moore Tornado From Air And Ground

Photo: Alonzo Adams took a photo of the tornado advancing on a neighborhood in Moore, Okla., on Monday. The tornado, with winds of 200 mph, was close to a mile wide.
Alonzo Adams

As a mile-wide tornado tore across the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday night, it destroyed houses, flattenedd schools and threw cars into the air.

Host Dick Gordon speaks with three people who witnessed it from the ground, from the air and from a shelter.

He speaks with Alonzo Adams, a photographer who captured images as a giant black funnel cloud advanced toward a neighborhood. (See a photo gallery.)

Then, he speaks with Nick Stremble, the emergency room manager at Moore Medical Center. Stremble helped shuffle patients to a basement shelter before winds leveled the building.

And, finally, he speaks with Jon Welsh, a helicopter pilot for News Channel 4 who was flying as the tornado hit.

Hear these conversations at The Story's site. Also in this show: Host Dick Gordon speaks with Ahmed Errachidi, a Moroccan chef who was held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five-and-a-half years under suspicion that he had ties with al-Qaeda; a former inmate at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., on being held at a facility run by the same guards who work in Guantanamo; and how the world’s biggest diamond robber’s escape was undone by a half-eaten salami sandwich.

Before coming to North Carolina Public Radio to host The Story, Dick Gordon was host of The Connection, a daily national call-in talk show produced in Boston, from 2001 to 2005. Gordon is well-known in the profession as an experienced, seasoned journalist with an extensive background in both international and domestic reporting. He was a war correspondent and back-up host for the CBC's This Morning, a national current affairs radio program. An award winning journalist, he has also served as a Parliamentary reporter, Moscow correspondent and South Asia correspondent for both radio and television.
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