A massive tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City area on Monday, leveling homes and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
The details are still unfolding, but television footage showed buildings reduced to rubble in Moore, a southern suburb of Oklahoma City.
Lance West, a reporter for CNN affiliate KFOR, reported that were people pulling students from a classroom at an elementary school heavily damaged by the tornado.
“Our worst fears are becoming realized this afternoon,” Bill Bunting, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center, told CNN.
The twister was one of several created by a storm system that swept through the middle of the nation in the past 36 hours. The National Weather Service said the preliminary rating of the tornado was at least EF-4, meaning wind speeds of up to 200 mph.
According to the most recent reports from the state medical examiner’s office, 24 people have been confirmed dead, including nine children. At least 100 people have been pulled alive from the rubble by rescuers.
We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available. Until we know more, please keep everyone in Oklahoma in your thoughts and prayers.