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Horrifying Photos Of The Massive Tornado Tearing Through Oklahoma City

A mile-wide tornado touched down in suburbs of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, tearing through homes and businesses.

1. A mile-wide tornado touched down in Moore, Okla., a region to the south of Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon.

3. It came down in a wall of clouds and quickly tore through the area.


Stormchasernick

@stormchasernick

MT @OWxPhotography: Developing wall cloud SW of the Oklahoma City metro!

5. Emergency teams in the area announced around noon that severe storms could land between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Another photo of the HUGE tornado near Oklahoma City (pic: @Rem_Crowder)

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News

@BuzzFeedNews

Another photo of the HUGE tornado near Oklahoma City (pic: @Rem_Crowder)

7. It was originally thought there may have been two tornadoes landing in the city.

KFOR says there might be two tornadoes south of Oklahoma City

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News

@BuzzFeedNews

KFOR says there might be two tornadoes south of Oklahoma City

RT @WLTX: LIVE: Tornado on the ground near Oklahoma City. Watch on http://t.co/rJcq74lKuF

— WLTX (@WLTX - On Your Side)

WLTX - On Your Side

@WLTX

RT @WLTX: LIVE: Tornado on the ground near Oklahoma City. Watch on http://t.co/rJcq74lKuF

9. As the storm hit, winds were moving up to 302 mph.

Picture of MASSIVE tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Very close to Oklahoma City. Reporter on tv broke down in tears.

— StormCoker (@Georgia Storm Chaser)

Georgia Storm Chaser

@StormCoker

Picture of MASSIVE tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Very close to Oklahoma City. Reporter on tv broke down in tears.

A friend posted this tornado picture from Milam Tool Co at 13800 S Macarthur Boulevard in Oklahoma City

— abtran (@Andrew Ba Tran)

Andrew Ba Tran

@abtran

A friend posted this tornado picture from Milam Tool Co at 13800 S Macarthur Boulevard in Oklahoma City

11. Area schools evacuated students in buses, though some children remained trapped in a local school.

mt @TimWilliamsCBS: #BREAKING: Elementary school ..took direct hit, children may be trapped. Oklahoma City #okwx

— Mia_Averi (@Averi)

Averi

@Mia_Averi

mt @TimWilliamsCBS: #BREAKING: Elementary school ..took direct hit, children may be trapped. Oklahoma City #okwx

13. Two schools are completely gone, and much of Moore, Okla., has been reduced to rubble.

SW Oklahoma City/Moore residents, please take cover! Massive mile-wide tornado ripping through your area @NEWS9

— DavidGandyAsst (@David Gandy Asst)

David Gandy Asst

@DavidGandyAsst

SW Oklahoma City/Moore residents, please take cover! Massive mile-wide tornado ripping through your area @NEWS9

15. Authorities have still not announced an official totally for injuries or fatalities yet.

17. As the storm cleared, news helicopters were able to start surveying the damage.

First images from @kfor of storm damage in Moore, OK http://t.co/xkgCe40163

— NBCDFW (@NBC DFW)

NBC DFW

@NBCDFW

First images from @kfor of storm damage in Moore, OK http://t.co/xkgCe40163

19. Many neighborhoods were completely leveled.

Tornado Damage in Moore, OK (via @linda4news)

— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed)

BuzzFeed

@BuzzFeed

Tornado Damage in Moore, OK (via @linda4news)

Damage near Moore High School in Moore, OK - Watch @KFOR live coverage http://t.co/cPXdY1qY1s

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News

@BuzzFeedNews

Damage near Moore High School in Moore, OK - Watch @KFOR live coverage http://t.co/cPXdY1qY1s

21. Fires that broke out in the parts of the destroyed neighborhoods posed a serious danger for residents trying to evacuate.

NEW PHOTO: Fire burning in Moore, Oklahoma following massive #tornado

— nbcnightlynews (@NBC Nightly News)

NBC Nightly News

@nbcnightlynews

NEW PHOTO: Fire burning in Moore, Oklahoma following massive #tornado

Worst tornado damage I have seen since Joplin. Picture of what's left of a daycare in Moore, Oklahoma. Brings tears.

— StormCoker (@Georgia Storm Chaser)

Georgia Storm Chaser

@StormCoker

Worst tornado damage I have seen since Joplin. Picture of what’s left of a daycare in Moore, Oklahoma. Brings tears.

23. The storm moved out of Moore by 4:30 p.m., making its way towards Jacktown, OK.

A large farm near Moore, OK took a direct hit by today's tornado

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News

@BuzzFeedNews

A large farm near Moore, OK took a direct hit by today’s tornado

Huge pile of debris in Moore, OK from tornado

— michaelhayes (@Mike Hayes)

Mike Hayes

@michaelhayes

Huge pile of debris in Moore, OK from tornado

25. Whole neighborhoods in Moore are flattened.

26. Shocking vines from the ground in Moore:

Completely obliterated neighborhood 2 miles from my home https://t.co/Lxjoxjeov8

— GeminiTiger86 (@David Massey)

David Massey

@GeminiTiger86

Completely obliterated neighborhood 2 miles from my home https://t.co/Lxjoxjeov8

These men are looking for a lost little boy named Tommy https://t.co/D737Z7bIvY

— GeminiTiger86 (@David Massey)

David Massey

@GeminiTiger86

These men are looking for a lost little boy named Tommy https://t.co/D737Z7bIvY

Hurt man in Moore tornado https://t.co/BoPSLXIqsZ

— GeminiTiger86 (@David Massey)

David Massey

@GeminiTiger86

Hurt man in Moore tornado https://t.co/BoPSLXIqsZ

Here's a tornado literally right by our house https://t.co/zVyfJDFbo5

— GeminiTiger86 (@David Massey)

David Massey

@GeminiTiger86

Here’s a tornado literally right by our house https://t.co/zVyfJDFbo5

30. A photo of the storm moving away from Moore, further south towards Paul’s Valley.

Lowering wall cloud over Paul's Valley. Get in shelters now!!!

— kpassoth (@Kim Passoth)

Kim Passoth

@kpassoth

Lowering wall cloud over Paul’s Valley. Get in shelters now!!!

31. A demolished home in Moore.

33. Children were pulled from the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School Monday afternoon as emergency crews rushed clear the residents trapped inside.

Sue Ogrocki / AP
The Associated Press / AP

35. The tornado tore through at least two schools and a hospital, killing at least four people, though a total number of fatalities is still unclear.

Gene Blevins / Reuters
Marcus DiPaola/Xinhua via Zuma Press / MCT

Our thoughts/prayers are with those who have lost loved ones. #tornado #okwx #okcoso

— OkCountySheriff (@Oklahoma Co. Sheriff)

Oklahoma Co. Sheriff

@OkCountySheriff

Our thoughts/prayers are with those who have lost loved ones. #tornado #okwx #okcoso

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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