Last Updated, 8:30 p.m. Video and images taken in the aftermath of a tornado that tore through a suburb south of Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon show a wide swath of destruction. At least 37 people have been killed, officials said.
Entire neighborhoods of single-family homes have been leveled. Students and teachers are feared trapped inside Plaza Towers Elementary School, according to reports from KFOR-TV, which is streaming live coverage online from Moore, Okla.
Lance West, a reporter and anchor for KFOR-TV, was overcome by emotion as he reported live from the scene at Plaza Towers. As parents rushed to the scene, search and rescue crews were calling out for survivors as they combed through what Mr. West said was a 10-foot mountain of debris at the school. He said that the school’s cinder-block walls had collapsed and that the roof was missing.
Mr. West said that fourth, fifth and sixth graders were accounted for at Plaza Towers, but that some students and staff members may be trapped inside. Students at another nearby elementary school, Briarwood, have been accounted for.
Natalie Ruhl, a television producer from Oklahoma City, posted photos on Twitter of the destruction in Moore.
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Massive tornado rips through Oklahoma City suburb