Updated 9:58 a.m. on Tue., May 21 Photos of the tornado and damage
Moore, Okla. (ABC/WSYR-TV) - 24 people were killed after a powerful tornado swept through a community outside of Oklahoma City on Monday.
The medical examiner's office revised the death toll from 51 to 24, as of Tuesday morning. Several of those killed were children.
Crews worked through the night, looking for anyone still trapped.
The massive tornado cut a path of destruction 12 miles long and 2 miles wide.
Neighborhoods were flattened and homes and schools were destroyed.
Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said, “Just to put that into perspective, it’s like a two mile wide lawnmower blade going through a community just wiping out everything in its path.”
The twister packed winds of up to 200 miles per hour.
The destruction includes two elementary schools that were packed with students when the storm hit. The violent winds flattened walls, killing dozens.
Frantic rescuers raced to pull children from the rubble. Tuesday morning, officials feared more young victims would be found inside.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said, “Our hearts are broken for parents wondering about the state of their children that have been in the schools hit.”
More than 100 people, many of them children, remain in local hospitals.
Across the storm zone, tens of thousands of homes are without power.
President Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma and directed all federal resources to assist the recovery effort.