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Coverage now -- breaking news this fox reports live tonight an absolute disaster in the heartland of America.
We are watching -- the search for survivors in Moore Oklahoma where during studio B this afternoon and enormous tornado.
Cut a path of destruction across that city.
These are live pictures coming into us from more now that show the devastation after this storm.
Homes and businesses and at least two elementary schools badly damaged or destroyed we do not you don't yet know exactly how many people are hurt or did.
A local CBS news station reports that all kids are now accounted for in one of two elementary schools that were hit Breyer would elementary.
We have not yet confirmed that but we're now hearing that rescuers have pulled several children alive from the rubble at plaza towers elementary.
We do not yet know what sort of injuries they have except what you have heard in the last hour.
Witnesses say the tornado was a mile or up to two miles wide in some areas.
The National Weather Service reports this storm is at least and of this tornado at least an EF four.
On the scale that made of meteorologists use that's the second highest level.
And it means winds of between 166.
Miles per hour.
The tornado was on the ground for at least 45 minutes there were warnings sixteen minutes before the tornado hit Moore Oklahoma.
Sixteen minutes in advance they got a warning.
A tornado warning that a tornado was on the ground and headed for them.
We do not yet know how many countless lives that saved but it's always a question of how many took them seriously and took shelter.
Volunteers and first responders are on the ground in more looking for anybody who may still be trapped beneath the debris.
Listening for any sounds from beneath the buildings hoping that even with a disaster of this magnitude.
Like nothing we have seen in many years in this nation.
That they will find any neighbors friends or family members who may be missing.
Jeff contrast he is a storm chaser who is alive near Moore Jeff what have you see.
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Thank you we've gotten word from the mayor of more.
Much of the town is destroyed.
The hospital is pretty much destroyed says the mayor.
Glenn Lewis and in addition word there are two elementary schools involved here.
Won the -- plaza elementary school where everyone is accounted for and there's another school brier creek elementary which we watched as the as residents were trying to bring people from underneath the rubble.
That that did this school children hid in a bathroom in one case.
As the tornado swept right over these are live pictures coming in it's just 3 minutes past 6 o'clock.
In the central time zone and Moore Oklahoma and as that photographer pulls out.
You can see the path that this storm cut.
Our storm changed chaser mentioned to storm that hit in 1999.
That is the Bellwether for everybody in this part of the country.
It caught up path through more and surrounding areas like nothing anyone had ever seen in the path of this one is similar.
Similar though wider.
So this storm is similar but worse.
And that was the storm by which all others were were judged it is as if hurricane.
In south Mississippi in the ways -- and it was originally your hurricane of record this is the thing to which -- point as the worst it can be.
That is until hurricane.
Hurricane Katrina came through and change the landscape entirely.
It is our belief that that's what we've had here here's the good news.
The problem was that so many people did not have adequate storm shelters.
There was -- an -- wide push to increase the number of storm shelters.
Emergency warning systems were not up to -- there was an area wide push to do that.
And today they got sixteen minutes warning.
Which in tornado Alley is a long time that storms are on the way in tornado Alley your family has a plan.
If you have any sense at all of what's going to happen when that siren goes off.
And just yesterday they had severe damage from another storm so they were paying attention.
And hopefully today many people's lives were saved as a result KO KH is on scene at one of these elementary schools and live -- People to stand back I imagine as well I wanna show you some of the photos that we're getting in from you at -- at -- Scott C fox dot com so -- having continue to send them to -- He has a picture re here with looks like pick up Josh.
All that audio please thank you and the rescue efforts are continuing.
Has been destroyed across this area and is now closed.
And rescue attempts are still underway right now authorities are working to cordon off an area around this entire devastated city.
So that people cannot get in and out so that they continued their their rescue work we do have a report from us from the local CBS station.
And a tragic when it is from KFO war.
Fantastic news operation they run -- I can tell you firsthand.
Four people KF four reports are did in more near fourth street and telephone road.
A mother and baby included in the count.
Has the report indicates from the local NBC -- meant to say.
They tried to get into a freezer during the tornado.
We're unable to do so and all were killed.
There's no way for us to know at this moment how devastating this has been in the way of human injury inhuman and loss of life we do know that.
That dozens of people are being treated we watched triage centers being set up on scene in some cases without apparently.
Medical personnel avail -- frankly they couldn't get it in and out of their quickly in the early going we watched elementary school children being pulled from the rubble that was their school.
And we watched residents come to assist little children on curbs.
Wrapped in blankets and towels waiting for mom and dad to walk there to pick them up.
And by the dozens were told that's exactly what happened.
And as we see this devastation in a bulldozer coming in to try to remove what's there and presumably make sure that no one is still injured.
This tornado situation is still very active there have been warnings all afternoon and there's still are Janice Dean and our weather center Janice what we know.
-- -- the preliminary.
Reports that we are getting in over this two day tornado outbreaks 37 reports of tornadoes.
And the tornado that we have seen the extensive damage from the -- Oklahoma we think right now is -- EF four but.
The National Weather Service has to go out assess the damage I remember what the Joplin the Joplin Missouri -- a tornado two years ago almost to the date.
They -- it EF four and then they went out and did the assessment and then they opted to an EF five and this damage is so extensive so we're really gonna have to wait.
Until the National Weather Service goes out.
And does their final report forty minutes on the ground is what we are also hearing from the storm prediction center -- or Norman Oklahoma and as you mentioned sixteen minutes.
From the tornado warning and the sirens going off and when you look at the enhanced Fujita scale that's what we we.
Go out there the National Weather Service goes out there we do think the winds were up to 200 miles per hour with this particular storm.
-- the Oklahoma governor -- Mary Fallon has deployed eighty Oklahoma National Guard members.
To assist with the search and rescue operations she said the troops shall also -- this parameter that I mentioned around the devastated areas including more.
She spoke with the president today who -- the nation's help and -- a direct line to his office in addition.
The mayor of Oklahoma City nearby this is a suburb of sorts.
-- Oklahoma City is sending its emergency response resources.
To this area to help.
The Oklahoma in which is the newspaper of record for the area the headline sums it up this way Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Sucker punched by second round of twisters still staggering from yesterday's tornadoes.
Oklahomans picked themselves up from the canvas on Monday only to be hit by a second round of fierce twisters today.
This -- of one roared through more and south Oklahoma City.
This afternoon grinding -- neighborhoods and ravaging at least one elementary school in its path of course another stroke as well again I'm reading from the Oklahoman.
Terror quickly spread as Emergency Medical Services authority rushed a violence is to Breyer would elementary school one of the two we've mentioned.
In the more school district to into several homes businesses and intersections.
Responding to multiple injuries parents of these children to be seen rushing to the school dodging downed power lines and scattered debris.
It has been a scene of unbelievable.
Chaos a girl who attends Breyer would elementary tells K okay -- television.
The reporter that her school was trashed.
There was simply nothing left there.
Several children have now been pulled out of the rubble alive in one of these schools -- plaza towers elementary school there and more.
After of the massive tornado hit rescue workers lifted the kids from the rubble before they were passed down a human chain.
And taken to a triage center set up right there in the parking lot of that devastated school.
Again it's southwest of Oklahoma City the roof is gone.
The walls had fallen or been mangled.
And so many of these students sheltered in place in the halls these are new pictures that we're just getting in here -- Fox News Channel on the right hand side of your screen.
And live pictures that are coming in from the search and rescue operations.
I mentioned the storm that hit there in 1999.
It it was unbelievable devastation this one.
It appears in the early going according to everyone there.
Is even worse.
The first of these storms happened last night and they came across like a freight train.
This morning in the early going they were cleaning up in the National Weather Service began to warn.
Just as it had the night before get out now that's exactly what the warning was last night in one particular town.
This storm is coming students go to -- storm shelter or get out of its path immediately -- the National Weather Service begin with those same warnings today.
And the hope is that many people heeded them.
Our correspondent Casey Stegall was in Moore Oklahoma now he had been down the line from the storm.
For our coverage of what happened last night and is now in more Casey what do you see.
Jeopardize -- a 7-Eleven gas station I just walked up to an Oklahoma city police officer because although this is the city of more obviously.
First responders from all over the state -- have come -- so.
I know what's on the city police officer has told me that -- people four have died at this 7-Eleven where I'm standing now.
It is based scene of chaos I can't even describe it I'm looking all around -- shepherd.
And I people picking through -- people are rolling -- -- up in the air trying to reach people.
It's what -- the -- people are sort of walking around in disbelief it.
It's almost like there's there's just happened there and people are in this state of shock.
Oklahoma city police department I can't compete getting specifics about the fatality at this.
Have a look at where we are but we're desperately working to try to establish our satellite connection to bring you live pictures out appear just as soon as we can't from the ground shot.
We'll look forward to that and others that you have witnessed there Casey the Oklahoma City governor has just said.
That the communications -- -- that is the biggest problem.
Governor Fallon said the scope of the disaster is so great that state officials need more time to even open lines of communications.
With the rescuers as a result of this governor Fallon has not been able to receive the reports that we have now confirmed.
Of these fatalities for that you -- there at that 7-Eleven for more in -- home as reported by KF -- television.
In Oklahoma City she said that -- the mayor the governor says.
The land lines are down in the more area and so many people using their mobile phones.
That cell lines are congested in many cases the cell lines.
Are are down major damage has this huge as this huge storm rips through neighborhoods south of Oklahoma City.
Now they're estimating it -- two miles wide is it rip -- Through areas south of more initial reports from KK FO RN BC station there.
At least four people killed and then now this report of four more at the 7-Eleven.
Sadly we believe that the news will get worse before it gets better.
The choppers in the air our correspondents are on the ground this is breaking news coverage on Fox News Channel will be right back.
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