Oklahoma Strong: State Pushes Forward as Storm Travels East


But Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said the storms could have been a lot worse for the Sooner State's capital.

"It could have been really, really bad," he told ABC News. "The fact that it did not come down out of the sky and in retrospect, did not have the high winds as the May 20 storm, we're probably pretty fortunate."

Yet Cornett said he plans to review why the majority of the lives lost in the storm were people on the road trying to outrun the twisters.

"We don't need people in their cars during a high risk storm like that," he said. "[People] have tornado precautions in their mind, they just need to use them. They don't need to start getting in their cars and taking off."

"The worst place you can be in a tornado is in your car. You get in your car, almost anything can happen," said Cornett.

Oklahoma Strong

Despite the devastation sustained in Oklahoma these past two weeks, some residents are not going anywhere.

Although Angela Cobel's 120-year-old house witnessed Oklahoma's tough history, it did not survive the latest round of twisters. Yet, she is not leaving the state.

"It's just this is where your heart is and I guess that's why we stay," Cobel said.

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As Oklahoma continues to rebuild from the destruction in the Oklahoma City area and from the storms in Moore, officials acknowledge relief efforts will be trying both physically and emotionally for residents.

"We're still holding funerals for families that lost loved ones, families that lost kids in grade schools [in Moore]," Cornett said. "The emotional impact of May 20 remains with us. The physical aspect will take us time."

ABC News' Ginger Zee, ABC News Radio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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