Although I've dumped theism, I still go to church with the family here in Oklahoma...
Here's what a pastor locally had to say about the storms. It makes no sense to me - maybe the bright folks here can figure it out - it all sounded like blah, blah, blah to me:
God Is Sovereign
On a more personal level, let me address the question of, how do we cope with this? If you have friends or relatives in the affected area, it's especially difficult. You're struggling with the pain of watching a loved one lose everything and the frustration of not knowing how to comfort them. Even strong Christians ask, why did this have to happen?
I want to gently remind you that God is in control. He is sovereign. This does not mean that He specifically planned a tornado to strike Moore, or Edmond, or Bethel Acres, or any of the other places recently hit. Acknowledging God's sovereignty in a world filled with suffering, however, presents a dilemma for us believers. Why does He allow natural disasters? More specifically we ask, why does He allow disasters to hit us?
The short answer? We don't know the why and never will. Only God does. But I do know this-believers who best deal with adversity and pain rely on the promises of God and cling to what they know about God's character to be true, even when they may not feel like doing so.
In the midst of disaster, God is still loving, merciful, and full of grace and always will be. He is still our rock and strength, and we can glorify Him as we offer aid and minister to those hurting around us.