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article image24 students presumed dead: Plaza Towers elementary after Tornado

By Yukio Strachan     May 20, 2013 in Environment
Oklahoma City - As many as 24 children, kindergarten through third grade are presumed dead at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Tornado savaged Moore, Oklahoma, local media is reporting.
Just an hour earlier, several children were pulled out of rubble alive during active search and rescue at Plaza Towers, the Associated Press reported.
Video from KFOR showed widespread destruction at Plaza Towers Elementary School in the city of Moore, which is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
Now KFOR is reporting search and rescue has changed to search and recovery. That means they are no longer looking for living victims. As many as 24 children may be dead.
When the Toronadoes hit the town, up to 75 children were in the elementary school. KFOR reported that grades 4-6 were taken to a church before the twister hit the school. They are all accounted for at this time.
Bill Bunting, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center, seemed to sum up the emotions of the town to CNN: "Our worst fears are becoming realized this afternoon,"
Amy Elliott, the spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner, said that at least 37 people had died, and officials said that toll was likely to climb.
This is breaking news, stay tuned to Digital Journal for updates; Watch the video above live streaming from KFOR, in Oklahoma
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