Oklahoma Tornado Leaves ‘Very Graphic’ Devastation At ‘Pancaked’ Elementary School

Source:  Anthony Castellano / ABC News

Some of the children killed in the devastating tornado that tore through Moore, Okla., were from Plaza Towers Elementary School, which has gone from a search-and-rescue operation to a body-recovery effort, officials said.

Monday’s tornado tore a 12-mile path of destruction that killed 24 people, including nine children, and destroyed Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary School in Moore. For many families, Monday ended in tears of joy after families were reunited. Others were left to wait, hoping for good news while fearing the worst.

The Oklahoma medical examiner’s office, which had originally reported 51 dead, revised the number this morning after realizing that some victims had apparently been counted twice, spokeswoman Amy Elliot said.

The deadly tornado touched down just as students were about to be released for their last week of school before summer vacation. Many of the students hunkered down in closets, classrooms and bathrooms, clinging to their classmates and teachers.

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