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Powerful tornado slams Moore, Oklahoma

Tornado destruction
Rodney Heltcel salvages items from the wreckage of his home of 21 years that was destroyed Monday when a tornado moved through Moore, Okla. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)
Tornado destruction
A destroyed Corvette sits in the rubble of a home in Moore, Okla. (Tannen Maury / EPA)
Tornado destruction
Two frightened and apparently lost dogs sit on a coffee table top in a destroyed neighborhood in Moore, Okla. (Tannen Maury / EPA)
Tornado destruction
The destruction left behind by Monday’s tornado in Moore, Okla. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Path of destruction
An aerial view shows the tornado’s path through a residential area in Moore, Okla. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Tornado aftermath
An aerial view of the aftermath of Monday’s tornado in Moore, Okla., shows homes that have been destroyed across the street from other dwellings that appear untouched. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Tornado aftermath
An entire neighborhood destroyed by Monday’s tornado in Moore, Okla. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Tornado aftermath
Rescue workers carefully make their way through the remains of Plaza Towers Elementary School. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Tornado aftermath
Chad Heltcel passes an antique doll cherished by his mother to a helper assisting him and wife Cassidi as they salvage what they can from the wreckage of their home. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)
Salvaging belongings
People recover belongings from the rubble of a home in Moore, Okla. (Tannen Maury / EPA)
Neighborhood destroyed
An aerial view shows a street lined by homes destroyed by Monday’s tornado. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
Firefighters help one of their own
Firefighters help a fellow firefighter recover belongings from the rubble of his home in Moore, Okla. (Tannen Maury / EPA)
Picking up the pieces
Zac Woodcock salvages items from the rubble of his tornado-ravaged rental home in Moore, Okla.  (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
Tornado aftermath
Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin Acord sifts through the rubble of his father-in-law’s home in Moore, Okla., after the town was hit by a tornado the day before. (Tannen Maury / EPA)
Removed from the rubble
Rescuers lift an injured survivor from the rubble a structure in the aftermath of the huge tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday. (Gene Blevins / Zuma Press)
Stars and stripes
A U.S. flag lies across an overturned car in the aftermath of a tornado in Moore, Okla. (Gene Blevins / Zuma Press)
Pulled from the rubble
A woman is pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building in Moore, Okla. (Gene Blevins / Zuma Press)
Search for survivors
Rescuers search for survivors at Plaza Tower Elementary School in Moore, Okla. (Oklahoma National Guard)
Out on the street
Kay James holds her cat as she sits in her driveway after her home was destroyed by the tornado that hit near Oklahoma City.  (Chris Landsberger / Associated Press)
Plaza Towers Elementary School
Plaza Towers Elementary School was almost obliterated by the tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday. (Steve Gooch / Associated Press)
Searching for belongings
Two women sort through debris as they look for belongings in a leveled home the day after a tornado hit in Moore, Okla. (Ed Zurga / EPA)
Residents salvage pieces of home
Lea Bessinger salvages belongings as she and her son Josh sort through the rubble of her tornado-ravaged home in Moore, Okla. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)
Task forces deployed
Members of Nebraska Task Force 1 search a destroyed building the day after a tornado hit in Moore, Okla. (Ed Zurga / EPA)
The day after
An American flag blows in the wind at sunrise atop the rubble of a destroyed home a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)
First responders in Moore, Okla.
A woman is pulled out from under tornado debris at the Plaza Towers School in Moore, Okla. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Building ablaze
A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Okla., after a tornado roared through.  (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Child pulled from school
A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., and passed along to rescuers after Monday’s tornado.  (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Saving what she can
JoAnn Anderson sorts through the rubble of her home after a tornado in Moore, Okla.  (Steve Sisney / Associated Press)
Hospital hit
Tornado damage at the Norman Regional Medical Center in Norman, Okla. (Kelly Wells / Norman Regional Medical Center)
Horse rescued
Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day-care center and destroyed barns in Moore, Okla.  (Steve Sisney / Associated Press)
Dark and ominous
A monster tornado fills the sky as it ravages Moore, Okla., on Monday.  (Alonzo Adams / Associated Press)
Welfare check
Oklahoma City firefighters check on Gene Tripp as he sits in a rocking chair where his home stood before it was destroyed by a tornado.  (Chris Landsberger / Associated Press)
Assessing the damage
Allen Anderson surveys the damage to his home in Moore, Okla.  (Steve Sisney / The Oklahoman)
Tornado on the ground
This frame grab provided by KWTV shows a tornado in Oklahoma City. Video shows flattened buildings and fires after a mile-wide tornado moved through the Oklahoma City area.  (KWTV / Associated Press)
Tornado damage in Moore, Okla.
This photo provided by KFOR-TV shows a house fire outside Moore, after tornado as much as a mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening neighborhoods, leaving buildings ablaze landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (KFOR-TV / Associated Press)
Child carried from wreckage
A child is carried from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Moore police dig through the rubble
Moore police dig through the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School after a tornado in Moore, Okla. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Boy rescued from beneath rubble
A boy is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Workers search for trapped students
Rescue workers dig through a collapsed wall at Plaza Tower Elementary School to free trapped students in Moore, Okla. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Onlookers by the elementary school
Onlookers watch as children are pulled from the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Okla. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Elementary school hit
Rescue workers dig through the rubble of a collapsed wall at the Plaza Tower Elementary School to free trapped students in Moore, Okla. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Another child rescued
A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School after Monday’s tornado in Moore, Okla.  (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Searching for animals
Rescuers search for lost animals after tornadoes hit Shawnee, Okla.  (Marcus DiPaola / Xinhua / MCT)
Seeking medical help
A woman carries an injured child to a triage center near the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.  (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Wrecked vehicles
Wrecked vehicles outside Moore, Okla. in the wake of the tornado that struck on Monday. (KFOR-TV / AP)
Damage in Shawnee, Okla.
A man and woman look through the wreckage in Shawnee, Okla. (Marcus DiPaola / Xinhua / MCT)
Tornado damage near Shawnee, Okla.
Kasey Clark sorts through the debris of her grandmother-in-law Thelma Cox’s mobile home after it was destroyed by a tornado near Shawnee, Okla. A series of tornados moved across central Oklahoma on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 21. (Brett Deering / Getty Images)
Volunteers help out
Volunteers help clean out Jean McAdams’ mobile home after it was overturned by a tornado near Shawnee, Oklahoma.  (Brett Deering / Getty Images)
Wrekage on Interstate 40
A tornado leaves extensive damage along Interstate 40 at the junction with U.S. 177 on the west side of Shawnee, Okla., Sunday evening. (Jim Beckel / Associated Press)
Mobile homes destroyed
A resident searches through the rubble of his mobile home in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed by Sunday’s tornado, near Shawnee, Okla.  (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
More damage in Shawnee, Okla.
A home sits damaged after a tornado moved through an area ear Shawnee, Okla.  (Brett Deering / Getty Images)
Homes flattened
This photo provided by KFOR-TV shows homes flattened outside Moore, Okla., after a monstrous tornado roared through the ares.  (KFOR-TV / Associated Press)
Firefighters rescue trucker
Shawnee, Okla., firefighters assist driver Marco Corr as he is taken from the cab of his overturned truck Sunday after a tornado swept through.  (Jim Beckel / Associated Press)
Tornado damage in Norman, Okla.
Alli Christian, left, returns Jessica Wilkinson’s dog, Bella, to her after finding the pet in the wreckage of Wilkinson’s home shortly after a tornado struck Sunday. (Steve Sisney / The Oklahoman)
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