Experts explain why Moore is targeted by tornadoes

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MOORE, Okla. - Minutes after Moore was hit by another tornado on Wednesday night, residents couldn't believe it was happening again.

"They like this run, I guess," said Darryl Moss.

 "This is the first time our house has ever been damaged," Greg Best said, while looking at his neighbors' homes. "That one and that one, four or five times."

"Like I tell people, we're the center of the universe," said Mayor Glenn Lewis. "This is where things happen."

So how would the experts describe the residents of Moore?

Harold Brooks, with the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, has a simple explanation.

"Ridiculously unlucky," Brooks said.

Brooks showed us a map of five significant tornadoes that have crossed Moore since 1998.

"In large part, it's just one of those awful coincidences," Brooks said.

Experts say there is nothing special about Moore in terms of the atmosphere, staying warm, moist air meets cold, dry air often around here.

"This is the easiest place on the planet to have those ingredients come together," Brooks said.

Moore residents have their own explanation.

"I keep telling my son who lives in Canada, it's Canada's fault because of the cold hitting the warm air," Mike Pack said.

Diana Arbes says she does not feel unlucky.

"No, I feel resilient," she said.

Nearly 100 years ago, Codell, Kansas was hit by tornadoes on May 20 three years in a row.

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