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Dozens Killed as Oklahoma Tornado Devastates Suburb

By Michael B. Marois, Mike Lee and Brian K. Sullivan - 2013-05-21T08:00:13Z

Photograph by Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo

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'War Zone'

More than 75 students were in the Plaza Towers school when the tornado struck, and as many as 30 may have been rescued, KFOR-TV reported. The search took a grim turn just before 7 p.m. local time, when authorities at the scene told reporters that there didn’t appear to be any more survivors, KFOR reported. As night fell, darkness hampered the search effort.

“It’s like a war zone down there,” said Moore resident Melissa Burton, whose children at Kingsgate Elementary School were returned to her unharmed. Her house was destroyed by the tornado, she said.

Left, a woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers.