Devastating Oklahoma Tornado Hits With Terrifying Force (VIDEO)

Oklahoma tornadoA suburb of Oklahoma City has been leveled by what appears to be a massive tornado that some are calling the most destructive in the history of the world. Yes, seriously. The terrifying storm struck just south of the city on Monday afternoon, ripping apart homes and other buildings, including at least one elementary school.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency, which is apparently unusual even for this part of the Midwest. It indicates that widespread damage and fatalities were likely. The images from the scene are horrifying, and one news anchor said it was the "biggest destructive tornado in the history of the world."

Terrifying doesn't even begin to cut it. Here is what we know so far:

  • Houses are destroyed: "The houses are destroyed .... Completely leveled," a helicopter pilot for CNN affiliate KFOR said.
  • A school was leveled: An elementary school was apparently among the structures leveled by the twister. CNN reports that children were being pulled from the school.
  • Medical centers have been evacuated: Moore Medical Center in Oklahoma was evacuated. It was damaged by the storm. All patients went to centers elsewhere.
  • As of 11:30 p.m., 51 people are reported dead.
  • Residents are being told to go underground: More are expected to come.
  • Downed power lines and gas continue to pose risks: As always with any disaster, the aftermath can also be very dangerous. The extent of the damage isn't yet clear, but the scene is likely very unstable, chaotic, and dangerous.
  • Afternoon government sessions were canceled: The Oklahoma House of Representatives canceled its afternoon sessions so Capitol employees and state lawmakers could take shelter in the basement.
  • Storm was said to be two miles wide.

The story is developing so much more is likely to come in overnight. But one thing we do know is that this isn't over and that this is likely to go down in history as one of the worst storms in history. "Our worst fears are becoming realized this afternoon," Bill Bunting, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center, told CNN Monday afternoon.

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It isn't the kind of thing you can get out of your head. This story will continue to develop and we will follow it, but for now, our hearts are with everyone in Oklahoma City and we are praying that most were able to take shelter.

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bills... billsfan1104

It was in Moore, OK. Praying for those kids in the schools and they are safe and injuries and deaths are low. My heart is aching right now

nonmember avatar heather

I'm from Oklahoma..luckly my family and friends were not directly in the tornado path. This damage is devastating even by Oklahoma standerds. They have got all the children out of the daycare and school as far ad I know. Pray for Oklahoma.

ijsmomma ijsmomma

I'm from Oklahoma but luckly my family and friends were not directly in the damage path. So far as I heard all the kids from the daycare and school were all

ijsmomma ijsmomma

They was all ok. Keep praying for all those who lost their homes or loved ones.

April Conner-Landou

There are atleast 4 more dead. A woman, man, 7 mo. old baby and another victim.

Ronda Hall

4 more people died inside a 7/11 that was destroyed, including a mother and her 7 month old baby. Cars piled up on I-35, the number of people displaced is unreal. Very, very devastating.

April Conner-Landou

We live in Wichita KS and let me tell you, with last year and this now, I'm ready to head out of the plains.  Lived here all my life and the past two years have been the worse in my lifetime. In history, I believe. 

TeamT... TeamTARDIS

Praying for all who live in the path of these deadly storms.

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