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Oklahoma Tornado: Mile-Wide Twister Leaves Scores Dead, Levels Schools

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  • 05.21.13 08:37 AM EDT

Moore Oklahoma, a town near Oklahoma City, was ravaged by a giant tornado on Monday afternoon. Authorities and rescue crews searched through the night for survivors. The current death toll stands at 91, at least 20 children, and that number is expected to rise. 

The tornado spent around 40 minutes on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb southwest of Oklahoma City. According to reports, it moved directly through the town, hitting Briarwood Elementary School, the Plaza Towers School, a movie theater and a mobile home park, causing massive destruction. 


Below is a preliminary map of the path of the tornado, courtesy of Jacob Wycoff and @WeatherBug.

The tornado started around 3 p.m. local time, and is currently classified as a Level 4 Tornado, on a scale of 0-5, though a definitive rating will be issued later in the week. 

The storm comes after severe weather on Sunday caused destruction across Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa.

The Moore Tornado, according to early reports, is following a similar path to the May 3, 1999 tornado that ravaged Oklahoma.