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- Family’s death is one of many tragic stories to emerge from devastation of Oklahoma tornado
- As many as 91 people, including at least 20 children, have been confirmed dead, including seven at Plaza Towers Elementary School
- Teacher hailed a hero for saving six children in a school bathroom after she laid on top of them
- More than 150 patients reported at area hospitals
18:39 EST, 20 May 2013
07:42 EST, 21 May 2013
A family of four have been killed by the monster tornado that roared through Oklahoma on Monday, claiming at least 91 lives, with dozens still missing and hundreds of people injured.
The family, who have not yet been identified, were killed as they scrambled to seek shelter from the storm in a freezer, KFOR reported.
It was one of many heartbreaking stories that emerged in the hours after a deadly tornado ripped through the town of Moore along with incredible tales of survival.
A teacher at Plaza
Towers Elementary School, which was flattened by the tornado, lay on top of six children taking shelter in a
school bathroom from the ferocious winds. The teacher is said to have been seriously injured.
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Devastation: Two girls stand in rubble after a two mile-wide tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma
Into the light: A family leaves an underground bunker in the wake of the destruction caused by the natural disaster
A parent’s worst nightmare: A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School
Survivors: A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma, and passed along to rescuers
Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday
Exhausted children wait for their parents to arrive at Briarwood Elementary School
Relief: A parent rushes to embrace her child as a teacher escorts her away from Briarwood Elementary school
Relief: A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School. Right, an American flag sways in the wind
Lando Hite, found shirtless and covered in dirt by a KFOR reporter, was trudging along what was left of his horse farm.
He told the station: ‘I lost everything. We might have one horse left out of all of them.’
He added that he sought refuge in one of the horse stables and waited out the storm. When the storm passed, about 100 of his horses were dead.
He described the tornado was ‘unbearably loud’ and ‘straight out of the movie Twister.’
Appearing on KFOR, one woman credited her son’s teacher at Briarwood Elementary School, with saving her son’s life.
She said that Cynthia Lowe, who teaches first grade, lifted a wall off the boy as the tornado pummeled the school.
Loss: A man with his children surveys the damage. He has only owned the home for two months
Destruction: A child’s doll on the curb among the wreckage
Nature’s fury: Cars were flipped over by the sheer power of the tornado
Devastation: A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma, following a huge tornado
Desperate search: Rescuers scour the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School for children trapped after the tornado destroyed the school
Valor: Rescue workers help free injured survivors of the storm in Moore after a tornado tore through the area
Hope after the storm: Rescue workers help free one of the 15 people that were trapped at a medical building at the Moore hospital complex
Emergency services workers pull a woman out from under tornado debris at the school
VIDEO Distressed Oklahoma residents speak to regional media
Dejected and exhausted people are seen next to a damaged house and vehicles in Moore, Oklahoma
An EMT helps an elderly woman from her home in the tornado aftermath
Debris: This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma
Path of destruction: This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore
Debris: The deadly storm laid waste to hundreds of Oklahoma homes in its path
Sigh of relief: This mom credited her son’s first grade teacher at Briarwood Elementary School, Cynthia Lowe, with saving her son’s life after she lifted a wall off the boy
Brady, a sixth grade student at Briarwood, said that he and other students ran into a bathroom to escape from the storm.
and everything collapsed on them but they were underneath so that kind
of saved them a little bit, but I mean they were trapped in there,’ he
One woman who was overcome with emotion, told CBS affiliate KWTV: ‘Everything is gone… Our whole house is gone.’
She got into a bathtub with her young children and had to grab her daughter’s hair as the strong winds tried to pull her away.
Steve Wilkerson told CNN that he is in shock over what happened.
Aid: A woman is treated for her injuries at a triage area set up for the wounded
Horror: This man, identified as ‘Lando,’ took refuge in a horse stable as the storm loomed, and described it as something ‘right out of the movie Twister
‘[I] can’t believe it happened. We had about 30 minutes to evacuate. It happened real fast… It’s unreal.’
One woman in Moore said she and other neighbors tried desperately to find any survivors, but were met with tragedy.
She told KFOR: ‘We just started
grabbing and throwing debris to get anybody out. And we successfully got
people out, just not alive.’
One mother spoke of her desperation as she tried to round up her family after the tornado hit, and her relief when she realized they were OK.
She told CNN: ‘As soon as I walked through the building I mean I was a little hysterical. I was running through the building barefoot and just screaming their names and each one of my kids stood up and they came with me.’
Safe and sound: This mother spoke of her desperation as she tried to round up her family after the tornado hit, and her relief when she realized they were OK.
Mother: This woman got into a bathtub with her young children and had to grab her daughter’s hair as the strong winds tried to pull her away
Before and after: The Plaza Towers Elementary School was decimated by the force of the tornado
Another woman in Moore, Elizabeth, told KFOR that she was on her way to work as the storm was looming, and decided to turn around and return home – for her dog.
She told the station: ‘I was actually speeding on the highway – and the cops can give me tickets I don’t care.
Elizabeth got home right in the nick of time, and was able to get into a bathtub with her dog Ginger as the twister struck her home.
She was thrown around by the wind – and hit her head – but she’s thankful that she and her dog survived.
‘I mean, risking my life for an animal – I don’t have a problem doing it because I’m an animal person.’
It was good news for Barbara Garcia, who survived the tornado but was horrified when her dog did not answer her calls.
But during an interview with CBS News, she found her dog – alive – under the heavy rubble that was once her home.
Good news: Barbara Garcia was horrified to learn that her dog was missing after the tornado hit, but it was during an interview with CBS News that the dog was found in the rubble of her home
Emotions: Fighting back tears, Ms Garcia said: ‘Well I got God to answer one prayer – to let me be OK – but he had two of them’
Fighting back tears, Ms Garcia said: ‘Well I got God to answer one prayer – to let me be OK – but he had two of them.’
Survivor Heather Moore told CNN’s Piers Morgan that the experience was ‘really, really terrifying,’ adding that the storm sounded ‘like a train passing over you.’
One couple face an uncertain wait to discover whether their friends and neighbours have escaped the devastation. Todd and Jennifer Tabor evacuated their home in Moore before the tornado hit their neighbourhood and are know anxiously waiting until they can return.
Mr Tabor told NBC Nightly News: ‘I was at work in Midwest City and I saw all this blow up so I headed towards Moore. I told Jennifer and my daughter that they needed to get out of the house and take cover as it was heading their way.<-- OFFF.Net Articles on Evertything -->
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‘As soon as I can I’m going to walk into the neighbourhood to see what kind of damage has been done and see if there’s anyone that needs help and what’s going on.’
Todd and Jennifer Tabor, residents of Moore, are unsure about their loved ones. Mrs Tabor fled her home after a warning from her husband
VIDEO Man and wife forced to evacuate home after tornado hits Moore neighbourhood
A nurse helps a older man that suffered a head injury from a tornado that destroyed buildings and overturned cars in Moore
His wife Jennifer added: ‘We have no idea (what is happening). We see the helicopters above our position but we have no idea. The cellphone service isn’t working and we have no way to contact loved ones.’
Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph described some of the injuries as
‘grotesque,’ adding: ‘We do have hope. We are seeing people crawling out
of vehicles…crawling out of buildings.’
of people were injured in a huge tornado that flattened parts of Moore on Monday, according to officials of three hospitals.
At least 91 people have been confirmed dead, with a grim death toll inside the demolished school.
The bodies of seven children were reportedly found in a pool, where they had drowned.
Officials at two hospitals say they’re treating nearly 150 patients.
‘Our hearts are broken for the parents that are wondering about the state of their children that had been in the schools that have been hit,’ Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said last night.
‘I know that there are families wondering where their loved ones are.’
She added that rescuers were ‘looking under every single piece of debris’ for the missing.
Leveled: What remains of a destroyed home is pictured after a huge tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma
Oklahoma tornado 2013: Moore family of four die, including their baby
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