BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — A devastating mile-wide tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., for approximately 40 minutes early Monday afternoon, flattening neighborhoods, severely damaging Plaza Towers Elementary School and claiming lives. In Broken Arrow, Okla., residents sought shelter as potential storms lingered 120 miles northeast of Moore.
According to The Guardian, "Local reports said 75 children and staff were in the school at the time, some of whom could still be trapped in the rubble, it is feared. KFOR reporter Lance West, who was on the scene, said he saw 30 children being pulled out alive."
The National Weather Service reported the tornado's preliminary classification in Moore was an EF-4, with winds up to 200 mph.