More than 1 Dozen Children Injured in Okla. Tornado
Update: CBS is reporting that area hospitals are treating more than 120 patients, including approximately 70 children. At least 51 deaths have been reported.
Update: CNN is reporting the seven children at Plaza Towers Elementary School were killed by Monday’s tornado.
MOORE, Okla. – At least 37 people are reported to have been killed and 60 injured as a result of an EF4 tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., on Monday. More than a dozen of those injured are children.
Two schools were severely damaged by the storm, including Briarwood Elementary School, which took a direct hit. Children were reportedly trapped inside the building and were removed from a bathroom.
Another school, Plaza Towers Elementary, was also in the tornado’s path, and local residents helped pull the children and students out of the building. Rescuers are looking through the debris for more survivors, reports NBC News.
The roof was torn off the school, and its cinder-block walls were knocked down. A teacher laid on top of several children to protect them.
The tornado was reportedly a mile wide and an EF4, claims CNN. It cut a path similar to another tornado that hit Moore in 1999.
Because the severe weather was expected, area schools did not release their students at the end of the day, reports ABC News.
Area hospitals are receiving dozens of patients injured in the storms. Moore Medical Center was evacuated after it sustained damages from the tornado, reports CNN.