Search And Rescue Underway After Massive Tornado Directly Hits Oklahoma Elementary School

Emergency-response workers are operating a search and rescue mission at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma after a massive tornado leveled the building earlier today. Children and teachers continue to be pulled out of rubble alive, but it appears that some are still unaccounted for.

In the video below from local station KFOR, broadcast on CNN, reporter Lance West described the scene from his position just beyond the yellow police tape set up around the perimeter. West confirmed that the 4th, 5th and 6th graders believed to be at the school at the time the tornado struck were able to get out safely, but there are still “cries of help” being heard from the scene. He estimated there were about 50 people on their hands and knees digging through the wreckage looking for those who are trapped.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer announced that the tornado has been given a preliminary rating of EF4, which corresponds to 166-200 MPH winds.

Watch video below, via CNN:

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