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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

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May 21st, 2013
08:14 PM ET

Tornado cut similar path as one that hit the region in 1999

Many in the path of Monday's deadly tornado must have felt like they were reliving a nightmare.

That is because the tornado took a nearly identical path as another monster twister, and left a similar amount of devastation in its wake.

A ruthless force of nature tore through Oklahoma on May 3, 1999. For nearly an hour and a half, the 1999 tornado pummeled a 38-mile path that included the areas of Newcastle and Moore, Oklahoma.

In what can only be described as a cruel twist of fate, the paths of the 1999 and 2013 storms were nearly identical, at times even overlapping.

"What you're looking at right now in Moore, Oklahoma, is what you could have seen if you had been there in 1999," said Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma.
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May 21st, 2013
08:05 PM ET

Oklahoma tornado: From massive damage, to family reunions

The day after a deadly, powerful tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, rescuers urgently, frantically searched for survivors. Entire neighborhoods were blown apart, homes were blasted to nothing but splinters and pebbles, and trees were uprooted like weeds. Rubble towered over survivors' heads. Debris turned up at least a hundred miles away.

"I've never seen anything like this. And I probably hope to never see anything like this again," said one eye witness.

Today, condolences for the tornado victims rolled in from all across the world. The president vowed to give all the help that is needed in the face of utter devastation.

"There will be enormous grief that has to be absorbed, but you will not travel that path alone. Your country will travel it with you, fueled by our faith in the almighty, and our faith in one another," President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
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May 21st, 2013
07:26 PM ET

Oklahoma official: We'll come back stronger

Rescue and recovery teams have been working around the clock in the hopes of finding more survivors from Monday's deadly tornado. While their work has been both grim and exhausting, there is still a defiant spirit in the community of Moore, Oklahoma, to pick up the pieces and rebuild.

The death toll currently stands at 24.

"We feel confident that it's going to remain at that number," said Moore City Manager Stephen Eddy, confirming that at least seven of the reported dead are children.

"Our chiefs, and the Oklahoma City Police Chief, indicate everyone has been found," said Eddy.

While the focus now is on the loss of life and the injured, the tornado will take a huge financial toll on the city. Insurance claims for Monday's  tornado will likely top $1 billion, according to an official with the Oklahoma insurance commission.

But Eddy says Moore will "absolutely" recover from this storm, saying that the city suffered similar devastation after tornadoes hit the region in 1999, and 2003.

"And we've come back stronger than before, every time," said Eddy.


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Teacher shielded students and son from tornado’s fury

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May 21st, 2013
07:09 PM ET

Teacher shielded students and son from tornado’s fury

First grade teacher Cindy Lowe of  Briarwood Elementary School risked life and limb to shield the kids in her classroom from the deadly tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday.

Lowe's 6-year-old son is a kindergarten student at the school and before the tornado obliterated the building, she called his teacher and said, "'Can you send my son to my room, bring him to my room,'" Cindy's husband, Chad Lowe, told CNN.

Then, Cindy's instincts kicked in.
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May 21st, 2013
07:05 PM ET

Few brain and head injuries from tornado

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the different kinds of tornado injuries. He also reports that there are, surprisingly, not a lot of brain or head injuries from Monday's powerful twister.

Watch his report in the video above.

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