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    Massive Tornado Rips Through Moore Oklahoma


    [Clinging to the hope of finding more survivors, rescue workers raced overnight scouring mountains of rubble where houses and schools once stood – even as the sobering death toll continued to climb. The vicious tornado that tore across central Oklahoma on Monday has killed at least 51 people – with about 40 more bodies expected to arrive at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office, Amy Elliott of the coroner's office said. The official death toll will gradually rise as the bodies are processed. At least 20 of those killed were children, including seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore – the site of a frantic search early Tuesday morning]. – CNN


    A monstrous, half-mile wide tornado with winds as high as 200 mph passes across south Oklahoma City on Monday. The tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, killing at least 51 people (including at least 20 children), flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)


    A monstrous, half-mile wide tornado with winds as high as 200 mph passes across south Oklahoma City on Monday. The tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, killing at least 51 people (including at least 20 children), flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)




    Law enforcement officials arrive on the scene after a huge tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Richard Rowe/Reuters)


    Law enforcement officials arrive on the scene after a huge tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Richard Rowe/Reuters)




    Children wait for their parents to arrive at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)


    Children wait for their parents to arrive at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)




    Tiffany Bauman comforts a dying dog injured by Monday's tornado in the neighborhood of Westmoor, near Moore. (Photo by Nick Oxford/The New York Times)


    Tiffany Bauman comforts a dying dog injured by Monday's tornado in the neighborhood of Westmoor, near Moore. (Photo by Nick Oxford/The New York Times)




    Moore police dig through the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)


    Moore police dig through the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)




    A girl tries to keep warm near the Moore Hospital after being hit tornado that destroyed buildings and overturned cars in Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Reuters)


    A girl tries to keep warm near the Moore Hospital after being hit tornado that destroyed buildings and overturned cars in Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Reuters)




    A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


    A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




    A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


    A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




    A woman is pulled out from under debris at the Plaza Towers School in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


    A woman is pulled out from under debris at the Plaza Towers School in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




    Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day care center and destroyed barns in Moore. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)


    Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day care center and destroyed barns in Moore. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)




    Oklahoma City firefighters check on the status of Gene Tripp as he sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood, in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)


    Oklahoma City firefighters check on the status of Gene Tripp as he sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood, in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)




    Kay James holds her cat as she sits in her driveway after her home in Oklahoma City was destroyed by the tornado. (Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)


    Kay James holds her cat as she sits in her driveway after her home in Oklahoma City was destroyed by the tornado. (Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)




    Two men attempt to pry open a door on a car to check for victims in a business parking lot west of I-35 in Moore. (Photo by Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman)


    Two men attempt to pry open a door on a car to check for victims in a business parking lot west of I-35 in Moore. (Photo by Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman)




    Onlookers watch as children are pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


    Onlookers watch as children are pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




    A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


    A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




    Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after the tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)


    Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after the tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)




    Rachel Hilton holds stray kittens she found in the debris of her parents' home at SW 149th and Stone Meadows Dr. after the tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore. (Photo by Nate Billings/The Oklahoman)


    Rachel Hilton holds stray kittens she found in the debris of her parents' home at SW 149th and Stone Meadows Dr. after the tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore. (Photo by Nate Billings/The Oklahoman)




    Kelcy Trowbridge with her brother-in-law Dustin Weher and her three children, from left, Colby, Karley and Kynlee Trowbridge, in front of Kelcy's destroyed house, near Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013. (Photo by Nick Oxford/The New York Times)


    Kelcy Trowbridge with her brother-in-law Dustin Weher and her three children, from left, Colby, Karley and Kynlee Trowbridge, in front of Kelcy's destroyed house, near Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013. (Photo by Nick Oxford/The New York Times)




    A woman carries an injured child to a triage center near the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)


    A woman carries an injured child to a triage center near the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)




    A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., and passed along to rescuers Monday, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)


    A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., and passed along to rescuers Monday, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)




    A woman walks near a destroyed home in Moore. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)


    A woman walks near a destroyed home in Moore. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)




    An entire neighborhood is flattened in Moore. (Photo by Steve Gooch/Associated Press)


    An entire neighborhood is flattened in Moore. (Photo by Steve Gooch/Associated Press)


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Massive Tornado Rips Through Moore Oklahoma


[Clinging to the hope of finding more survivors, rescue workers raced overnight scouring mountains of rubble where houses and schools once stood – even as the sobering death toll continued to climb. The vicious tornado that tore across central Oklahoma on Monday has killed at least 51 people – with about 40 more bodies expected to arrive at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office, Amy Elliott of the coroner's office said. The official death toll will gradually rise as the bodies are processed. At least 20 of those killed were children, including seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore – the site of a frantic search early Tuesday morning]. – CNN


A monstrous, half-mile wide tornado with winds as high as 200 mph passes across south Oklahoma City on Monday. The tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, killing at least 51 people (including at least 20 children), flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)


A monstrous, half-mile wide tornado with winds as high as 200 mph passes across south Oklahoma City on Monday. The tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, killing at least 51 people (including at least 20 children), flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)




Law enforcement officials arrive on the scene after a huge tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Richard Rowe/Reuters)


Law enforcement officials arrive on the scene after a huge tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Richard Rowe/Reuters)




Children wait for their parents to arrive at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)


Children wait for their parents to arrive at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)




Tiffany Bauman comforts a dying dog injured by Monday's tornado in the neighborhood of Westmoor, near Moore. (Photo by Nick Oxford/The New York Times)


Tiffany Bauman comforts a dying dog injured by Monday's tornado in the neighborhood of Westmoor, near Moore. (Photo by Nick Oxford/The New York Times)




Moore police dig through the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)


Moore police dig through the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)




A girl tries to keep warm near the Moore Hospital after being hit tornado that destroyed buildings and overturned cars in Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Reuters)


A girl tries to keep warm near the Moore Hospital after being hit tornado that destroyed buildings and overturned cars in Moore, Oklahoma, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Reuters)




A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




A woman is pulled out from under debris at the Plaza Towers School in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


A woman is pulled out from under debris at the Plaza Towers School in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day care center and destroyed barns in Moore. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)


Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day care center and destroyed barns in Moore. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)




Oklahoma City firefighters check on the status of Gene Tripp as he sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood, in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)


Oklahoma City firefighters check on the status of Gene Tripp as he sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood, in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)




Kay James holds her cat as she sits in her driveway after her home in Oklahoma City was destroyed by the tornado. (Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)


Kay James holds her cat as she sits in her driveway after her home in Oklahoma City was destroyed by the tornado. (Photo by Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman)




Two men attempt to pry open a door on a car to check for victims in a business parking lot west of I-35 in Moore. (Photo by Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman)


Two men attempt to pry open a door on a car to check for victims in a business parking lot west of I-35 in Moore. (Photo by Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman)




Onlookers watch as children are pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


Onlookers watch as children are pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)


A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)




Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after the tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)


Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after the tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern/The Oklahoman)




Rachel Hilton holds stray kittens she found in the debris of her parents' home at SW 149th and Stone Meadows Dr. after the tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore. (Photo by Nate Billings/The Oklahoman)


Rachel Hilton holds stray kittens she found in the debris of her parents' home at SW 149th and Stone Meadows Dr. after the tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore. (Photo by Nate Billings/The Oklahoman)




Kelcy Trowbridge with her brother-in-law Dustin Weher and her three children, from left, Colby, Karley and Kynlee Trowbridge, in front of Kelcy's destroyed house, near Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013. (Photo by Nick Oxford/The New York Times)


Kelcy Trowbridge with her brother-in-law Dustin Weher and her three children, from left, Colby, Karley and Kynlee Trowbridge, in front of Kelcy's destroyed house, near Moore, Okla., May 20, 2013. (Photo by Nick Oxford/The New York Times)




A woman carries an injured child to a triage center near the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)


A woman carries an injured child to a triage center near the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)




A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., and passed along to rescuers Monday, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)


A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., and passed along to rescuers Monday, May 20, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo)




A woman walks near a destroyed home in Moore. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)


A woman walks near a destroyed home in Moore. (Photo by Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman)




An entire neighborhood is flattened in Moore. (Photo by Steve Gooch/Associated Press)


An entire neighborhood is flattened in Moore. (Photo by Steve Gooch/Associated Press)


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