BREAKING NEWS: KFOR OKLAHOMA DEATH TOLL JUMPS TO 91
EMERGENCY CREWS SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS AFTER TORNADO HITS MOORE, OKLA.; AT LEAST 37 CONFIRMED DEAD
At least 37 casualties including children have been reported after a historic tornado swept through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, devastating hundreds of buildings including two schools. Meteorologists reported winds up to 200 miles per hour.
A large tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday, and seems to have caused catastrophic damage to several housing developments, and at least two schools in the area. Local television news deployed a helicopter to track the tornado as it moved through the area, and then began to survey the extensive destruction to the region.
Officials say that 75 children and teachers took shelter at Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore, which was essentially flattened by the passing tornado, and was the site of an ongoing search effort. Several children were pulled out alive from the debris during the day, with officials reporting that teachers had shielded students with their own bodies.
However, several dozen children are thought to have been killed at Plaza Towers as rescue teams continued to sift through the remains of the structure. Seven students at the elementary school were found drowned at the bottom of the wreckage Monday evening, and no additional survivors were expected according to local media at the scene. Meanwhile, students at another local school, Briarwood Elementary, had been accounted for and moved to a safe location.