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The tornado ripped the roof off of Plaza Towers school in Oklahoma hitting it directly and killing seven children. Those children unfortunately drowned in a pool as they trying to shelter from the huge tornado that hit them.
Plaza Towers Elementary took a direct hit from the tornado which was reportedly a mile wide. The impact completely flattened the school which still had young children and others inside.
As rescuers arrived several students were found alive in the piles of rubble and they were passed down in assembly line style to a triage center in the parking lot.
The Oklahoma City Police Department told Sky News that progress had been slow through out the night. Rescue workers were trying to be careful not to collapse the structure further on any survivors that remained in the building.
A photographer present on the scene, Sue Ogrocki, described how police and firefighters had used bars to try to lift up a large chunk of a wall as they pulled children out one-by-one from underneath.
She also said that the survivors “looked dazed and others seemed terrified” as they were lifted from the rubble.
It was reported that many of the children had been evacuated to a nearby church before the storm hit, but some children remained inside the school.
Moore City Mayor Glenn Lewis was quoted saying: “Unfortunately it is one of the older schools in the city and the structure was just not built as well as it should have been.”
A total of five schools were hit by the tornado, and they were all “full of kids” because it struck within teaching hours.
A representative from the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner’s Office told NBC News that seven children had drowned at Plaza Towers.
Wreary parents were forced to stand by and listen in hope as the names of the survivors were called out from a man with a megaphone.
They held a vigil throughout the night while workers scrambled to find anyone still alive.
There are many families left heart broken as the parents try to remain hopeful as the search continues on for their children.
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