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‘Horrific’: 24 Elementary School Children Reportedly Killed After Monster Tornado Devastates Moore OK, Other Multiple Deaths Reported

I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that the people of Moore, Oklahoma are feeling today. They need our prayers desperately …

By LAUREN EFFRON and DEAN SCHABNER, ABC News – “A mammoth tornado carved a trail of destruction through the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, killing at least 10 people and ripping apart two elementary schools today, local authorities said.

David Barnes, the director of Oklahoma Emergency Management in Oklahoma County, told ABC News that a single twister tore through homes from Newcastle to Moore, a path of 12 miles. The damage was ‘widespread’ and people’s homes were completely destroyed, all the way to their foundations, he said.

At least 10 people have been confirmed dead in the storm’s aftermath, according to the state’s chief medical examiner’s office.

‘It is absolutely devastating, this is horrific,’ Oklahoma Lt. Gov Todd Lamb said. ‘We’re going to have fatalities. … We’re going to have significant injuries. … We just don’t know what those numbers are. Schools have been hit, a hospital has been hit, businesses have been flattened, neighborhoods have been wiped away — we don’t have the numbers in yet but it is going to be significant and it is going to be horrific.’

The National Weather Service said the preliminary rating of the Newcastle-Moore tornado was at least EF-4, meaning wind speeds of up to 200 mph.

Authorities said Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Okla., received a ‘direct hit’ from the storm and was severely damaged. In anticipation of the severe weather this afternoon, schools in the Moore area did not release their students at the end of the school day, according to Oklahoma Emergency Management officials.” Read more.

Report: Monstrous Tornado Kills 2 Dozen Children At Elementary School – “An Oklahoma City television station is reporting that it is believed that at least two dozen children were killed at an elementary school after a monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through, flattening entire neighborhoods, and setting buildings on fire. KFOR-TV reports that up to 24 children are believed dead at the Plaza Towers Elementary School and that it has turned into a search and recovery effort. The storm tore off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal.” Read more.

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  1. 05/20/2013 at 9:01 PM

    Father, hold these children in your arms, send comfort to the families and community. Send them caring hands to help, send them strength, and courage. In Jesus name, Amen.


  2. haysville ks
    05/20/2013 at 10:35 PM

    I am sorry for your loose we will pray for u all of you and your love ones!!!:(


  3. 07/29/2013 at 7:10 AM

    I felt bad on what happen to these kids. I just hope their parents can moved on with their lives and live free in the future. The next time we need to be cautious enough.


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