May 21, 2013
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At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, in Monday's massive tornado in Oklahoma.
Governor Mary Fallin said authorities did not know how many people were still missing, but vowed to account for every resident.
Many houses have ‘‘just been taken away. They’re just sticks and bricks,’’ the governor said of the 17-mile path of destruction.
The National Weather Service said the twister was on the ground for 40 minutes, with winds estimated at 190 mph.
The storm system that generated a deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., is seen in a satellite image.
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Rescue workers dug through the rubble of Plaza Tower Elementary School early Tuesday in Moore, Okla.
Dalton Sprading (right) salvaged items from his tornado-ravaged home Tuesday in Moore, Okla.
A mangled in the parking lot of Warren Theatre as a storm cloud passed over early Tuesday in Moore, Okla.
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A stuffed bear amid the rubble in Moore after a massive tornado leveld parts of the town on Monday.
Lightning ripped across the sky in Moore, Okla., on the day after a massive tornado hit the town.
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A child was pulled from the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.
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Rebekah Stuck hugged her son, Aiden, 7, after she found him in front of the destroyed Briarwood Elementary on Monday.
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Cindy Wilson texted friends on Monday after her home was destroyed by a massive tornado.
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Rescuers looked for victims amid debris south of Oklahoma City.
Police officers in Moore, Okla., dug through the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School after a massive tornado struck.
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A boy was pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.
Briarwood Elementary School in south Oklahoma City was also damaged, and people there were injured.
A fire burned amid devastation in Moore, Okla., after an EF-4 tornado with winds up to 200 mph struck there.
A woman was pulled from the school.
The tornado was estimated to be at least a half-mile wide with winds up to 200 mph.
Kim Schwab looked at her destroyed home in south Oklahoma City.
A woman carried her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School.
A woman took an injured child to a triage center.
The storm’s path south of Oklahoma City.
Overturned vehicles and other damage is seen.
Law enforcement officers arrived in Moore.
An image from television shows homes that were flattened outside Moore, Okla., on Monday.
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The tornado was estimated to have been a mile wide.
A house burned outside Moore, Okla.
An image shows a vehicle pile-up outside Moore, Okla.