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Oklahoma tornadoes: Rescuers search into night for Moore schoolchildren

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin confirmed that bodies of children had been found at Plaza Towers Elementary School. She also confirmed that bodies of adults had been found on the school lawn.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: May 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

The massive tornado that ripped through here Monday afternoon demolished homes, splintered trees and tossed cars upside down and on top of the ruined school.

Along its path, its powerful winds even ripped up the grass.

Early on, students emerged alive from the rubble. “It was coming. It was hitting. And everybody said, ‘Put your head down! Put your head down!' But some people got hurt,” one girl said in a TV interview.

But, as the hours passed in the search, stretchers went unused, and there was no need for the ambulances.

In the neighborhood around the school, people walked around openly crying. Some adults watching the rescue effort grumbled that the school did not have an adequate storm shelter.

One man talked of finding a baby's body in the rubble near a convenience store.

There was one small bit of good news Monday night.

Near the school, Saundra Knight and her husband dug for two hours in the rubble of their ruined house and found their 4-year-old dog, Clara, alive.

Everyone nearby cheered.

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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