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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 Brett Deering/Getty Images

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'Picking Through the Rubble'

“My F-150 truck is gone and we don’t know where it is,” Burton said. “We think it wound up two streets over.”

The tornado was at least an EF-4 storm, said Ryan Barnes, a weather service meteorologist in Norman, Oklahoma. An EF-4, one level below the most powerful ranking, has wind gusts of 166 to 200 miles per hour. A second school, Briarwood Elementary, a mile and a half from Plaza Towers, was also heavily damaged.

“They are still in the process of picking through the rubble to try to find survivors,” Jerry Lojka, a spokesman for Oklahoma Emergency Management, said in an interview. “We know it was on the ground for 40 minutes. It traveled across the entire city of Moore.”

Crews have rescued 101 people, CNN reported.

Left, people walk through a damaged area near the Moore Warren Theater.