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Deadly Tornado Near Oklahoma City

okla-tornado-poicDozens of people were killed by a massive tornado that swept through the Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday.

The storm carved a trail through the area as much as two miles wide and 22 miles long, officials said.

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MOORE, Okla. — With everyone missing now accounted for from this week’s deadly tornado, the long and difficult work of recovery can begin.

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The twister ripped through 17 miles of central Oklahoma and pummeled 2,400 homes. (CNN)

“We are beginning the recovery operations,” Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN’s Piers Morgan late Wednesday.

“There’s a lot of debris removal going on throughout the public areas of the street,” she said.

“You see a lot of utility crews that are out here. There’s a lot of construction trucks. You’re seeing people walking down the street pulling some wagons, going back into their homes to get their prized possessions.”

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MOORE, Okla. (KTLA) — The search for survivors was winding down in Moore, Oklahoma on Wednesday in the wake of a massive tornado that devastated the area on Monday.

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The twister ripped across 17 miles in central Oklahoma, pummeling 2,400 homes. (CNN)

Authorities acknowledged that the likelihood of funding any additional survivors was growing dimmer by the moment.

The death toll remained at 24 people, including nine children, the state medical examiner’s office said.

Another 324 people were injured, Gov. Mary Fallin said Wednesday.

Officials did not expect the death toll to rise, Glenn Lewis, the mayor of Moore, said.

Authorities promised to check every property and piece of land three times before calling off the search for survivors.

It was also confirmed on Wednesday that seven of the dead youngsters were from the destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Neither Plaza Towers nor the damaged Briarwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City had a tornado-safe room, authorities said.

A brave teacher who was impaled while protecting her students recalled the moment when a wall came crashing down on them.

“Initially, I thought something large and heavy was just on my leg and I was stuck,” Suzanne Haley said.

“I asked my daughter if she could see if that was something that could be lifted, and she realized and screamed that it was in my leg,” she said.

“I couldn’t go into hysterics in front of my children, in front of the other students,” Haley said. “I had to be calm for them.”

Meantime, the National Weather Service upgraded the twister one level of magnitude to E5, the top of the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale.

The wind speeds topped out at 210 mph, officials with the NWS said.

An E5 packs enough punch to strip away strong frame houses and send automobiles flying more than 100 yards.

That proved true in Moore, where the tornado touched down shortly before 3 p.m. on Monday and stayed on the ground for about 50 minutes.

The storm’s track was 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide, according to the NWS.

The preliminary number of damaged or destroyed homes stood at more than 2,400.

About 10,000 customers remained without power on Wednesday, down from 37,000, Governor Fallin said.

Insurance claims from damage related to the story were expected to top $1 billion, according to the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

You can support the response in Moore, Oklahoma and other disasters by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10, or go online at http://redcross.org.

You can also text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army, or visit http://salvationarmyusa.org.

Even for a city toughened by disaster, Moore has never seen this kind of devastation.

A massive, howling tornado pulverized a vast swath of the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, chewing up homes and businesses, and severely damaging a hospital and two elementary schools.

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MOORE, Okla. — Even for a city toughened by disaster, Moore has never seen this kind of devastation.

A massive, howling tornado pulverized a vast swath of the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, chewing up homes and businesses, and severely damaging a hospital and two elementary schools.

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A powerful tornado ripped through central Oklahoma, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more.

The storm carved a trail through the area as much as two miles wide and 22 miles long, officials said.

The storm killed dozens, but amid the confusion of search and rescue efforts, a precise death toll was hard to come by. Hundreds of people were injured.

Click here to read the full story on CNN.com.

You can support the response in Moore, Oklahoma and other disasters by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10, or go online at http://redcross.org.

You can also text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army, or visit http://salvationarmyusa.org.

Rescue workers raced against time and darkness Monday night looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and leaving at least 91 people dead.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/20/tornadoes-sweep-across-kansas-oklahoma/#ixzz2TtuuYNi5

dog-in-rubbleMOORE, Okla. — Amid all the tragedy in Oklahoma, a joyous chance reunion was caught on tape during a live interview.

Resident Barbara Garcia was speaking with Anna Werner of CBS News when her beloved dog emerged from the rubble.

Oklahoma first responders said more than 100 survivors have been found alive in their search and rescue efforts.

Rescue crews are now desperately sifting through the debris.. Hoping to find survivors buried under the rubble. Many of the victims… are children and their teachers … whose elementary school took a direct hit from the twister.

Rescue workers raced against time and darkness Monday night looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City.

At least 51 people were dead, with about 40 more bodies expected to arrive at the Oklahoma state medical examiner’s office.

Read more: http://ktla.com/2013/05/20/tornadoes-sweep-across-kansas-oklahoma/#ixzz2Tt44NNvJ

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