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Published May 21, 2013, 04:30 PM

Moore, Oklahoma nearly flattened by a tornado

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Weather Service now confirms the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma was at the top of the scale, an EF-5. The death toll has been revised lower. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Weather Service now confirms the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma was at the top of the scale, an EF-5. The death toll has been revised lower. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children.

Debris waves in the trees like a white flag of surrender. This small community of Moore, Oklahoma, nearly flattened by a tornado of unthinkable size, and power.

Mark Ellerd- Moore resident: “ It was really scary. I thought I was going to die for a while. I just laid in there on the ground and held my dog close to me and waited to see what was going to happen. As the skies darkened, and hail began to fall, students at Briarwood Elementary School huddled in hallways and bathrooms.”

Cindy Lowe- Teacher: “ I had to tell them this is not a drill and we need to be safe and just laying my body on top of as many kids as I could.”

All of the children at Briarwood survived. But just 5 miles away, at Plaza Towers Elementary . A more dire scene.

Only a sole blackboard sticking out from the ruble Officials say at least 7 children died there and there are many still missing.

Reunion, the storm that tore apart families, ripped homes to shreds. Debbie Guidry, her husband and a neighbor heard that sirens, and took shelter in their cellar.

Debbie Guidry- Storm Survivor: “That used to be my living room, or other room, was all that was left behind. It’s just a house, it was my house for 31 years but it’s just a house. We came out together and that’s what most important."

Family, a community together through yet another dark day.

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