OK Was Given 16-Minute Warning

    A tornado moves past homes in Moore, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2013. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

    Tornado in Moore, Okla. on Monday. (Alonzo Adams/AP)

    Despite the 7 percent budget cuts imposed on the National Weather Service—a result of the sequester—the agency says it was still able to provide “ample warning” to residents of Oklahoma. In a statement from the group's parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, officials said that the NWS issued tornado warnings 16 minutes before the storm hit. Just one month ago on its website, the service assured the nation that its diminished staff would not hinder its ability to provide the public with “life- and property-saving forecasts, watches, and warnings.”

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