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Tornado Hits Neighborhood Twice

May 6, 1999

MOORE, Okla. (AP) _ Doug and Dee Powers’ house was damaged by a tornado in October, and they had barely finished repairing it when another, more destructive twister roared through the neighborhood.

Their house may be a total loss this time.

``It’s like lightning never strikes twice. You never think it will happen, but it did,″ said Mrs. Powers, who grew up in the house.

Harold Brooks, a researcher at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, said the chances of a tornado hitting a given location even just once are small.

``The kind of wind speeds we’re looking at from Monday will probably occur at that location maybe once in a million years,″ he said.

The tornado in October did about $3,000 in damage to the Powers home. This time, the couple were just two houses away from a direct hit. One wall was stripped away and there was other structural damage.

On Thursday, the couple were on the front lawn, along with the belongings they have salvaged, waiting for an insurance adjuster.

``Now we’re back past square one. We’re further back than we were last time,″ Mrs. Powers said.

Kevin Kelleher, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said: ``Is this an area that’s conducive to tornado paths? I don’t think so. It’s just bad luck.″

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