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Killer Tornado: Scenes From Oklahoma

The Monster Hits

A child is rescued from the debris following a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma.

Monster. That's what they're calling the tornado that barreled through the Oklahoma City area on a spring afternoon Monday, flinging houses and cars into the air, demolishing a school and flattening neighborhoods during a 40-minute romp on the ground.

Scores were killed and injured Monday, and rescuers searched desperately for survivors, including children at the devastated Plaza Towers Elementary School in suburban Moore. Many others, like the child at left, were rescued.

The National Weather Service said the tornado was an EF4, the most powerful on the enhanced Fujita scale with winds of at least 200 mph. The agency said the tornado was at least half a mile wide.

Here are heartbreaking scenes from the monstrous storm.

By Martin Steinberg, CNBC.com, with The Associated Press and Reuters
Updated 22 May 2013

Funnel Cloud


The tornado darkens Monday afternoon skies as it spins over homes in Moore, a community of 41,000 people, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

Disaster Strikes

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A vehicle lands upside down in Moore. It was the fourth tornado to hit the town since 1998. A tornado there on May 3,1999, killed more than 40 people and destroyed thousands of homes. That tornado ranked as an EF-5, meaning it had winds over 200 mph.

Struck Again

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Massive piles of debris cover the ground in Moore. Mayor Glenn Lewis, who was also mayor during the 1999 storm, said the city immediately began recovery efforts.

"We've already started printing the street signs. It took 61 days to clean up after the 1999 tornado. We had a lot of help then. We've got a lot of help now," he said, according to The Associated Press.

View From the Air

An aerial view of the devastation by a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

What's left of a street in Moore.

Devastated Hospital

Cars are piled up after a devastating tornado hits Moore, Oklahoma are marked with with spray paint after they were searched for victims.
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The parking lot outside heavily damaged Moore Medical Center.

Flipped Vehicles

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Flipped vehicles are piled up outside the medical center.

First Responders

First Responders search the debris after a devastating tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013.

Rescuers search debris in Moore.



A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Fire at a School

Fire burns in the aftermath of a deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

Fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition.

Helping Hand


A boy is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

Assessing the Damage

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Yvonne Barragar, Joe Marshall and Barbara Garcia sit in front of Barragar's destroyed house in Moore.

Salvaging What's Left


A man sifts through rubble of tornado damaged house.

Garage Is Gone

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Lonnie Langston talks about his garage that was swept off the concrete pad next to his house near Shawnee.

Volunteers Help

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Volunteers help clean out Jean McAdams' mobile home near Shawnee after it was overturned.

Cleaning Up

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A volunteer helps clean up McAdams' mobile home.

The Morning After

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Dawn arrives in Moore on Tuesday. It's a day after the tornado struck and a day before the second anniversary of the twister that devastated another Tornado Alley city, Joplin, Mo. One hundred fifty-eight people were killed in Joplin. It was the nation's deadliest tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950.