Moore, OK mayor to propose storm shelters for new homes

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Associated Press

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 7:20 AM

MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- The first of the funerals is scheduled today following the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla.

It will be for 9-year-old Antonia Candelaria, one of seven children who died at a destroyed elementary school.

Monday's twister killed 24 people, including 10 children, and tore through as many as 13,000 homes, schools and a hospital.

Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis says he'll propose an ordinance to require all new homes to have storm shelters. The town already has some. After a massive tornado tore through a nearly identical path in 1999, the city provided incentives like federal grant dollars to help residents cover the costs of safe rooms. This time, though, Lewis thinks it is necessary to compel people to include them in all new construction.

Meantime, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says early estimates put losses at between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.

President Barack Obama travels to Moore on Sunday.

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