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Flipped vehicles are piled up outside the heavily damaged Moore Medical Center after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
At least 24 people were killed after a massive tornado pounded an area outside of Oklahoma City yesterday afternoon, according to officials. The suburb of Moore, with a population of over 50,000, bore much of the damage.
Rescue workers have been sifting through the debris and wreckage for survivors since last night and about 100 people have been pulled from under the rubble. The twister, reported to be two mile wide at one point, flattened buildings and destroyed entire neighborhoods.
Officials first put the death toll at 51, but that number has since been revised to 24. Nine of the fatalities are children. President Obama has declared a major disaster in the state, making federal aid available for local and state recovery efforts.
Cullen Bieger, was in Moore, Oklahoma when the tornado hit yesterday; he is a native Oklahoman
Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman and newsok.com