Lightning from a thunderstorm strikes on Thursday amid the wreckage of twisted cars and structures at Plaza Elementary School, where seven children were killed when a tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado tore through the town on Monday, flattening neighbourhoods and destroying the elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds of up to 200 mph.
A woman searches for salvageable belongings at a devastated home in Moore, Oklahoma. As rescue efforts wound down, residents turned to the daunting task of rebuilding a community shattered by the huge tornado that killed at least 24 people.
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Danielle Stephan holds boyfriend Thomas Layton as they pause between salvaging through the remains of a family member’s home one day after a tornado devastated the town of Moore on the outskirts of Oklahoma City.
Gene Tripp sits on a rocking chair where his home stood before it was destroyed by a tornado that hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma City.
Two girls stand in rubble after a tornado struck Oklahoma. A two-mile wide tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore on Monday, killing at least 51 people while destroying entire tracts of homes, piling cars on top of one another, and trapping two dozen school children beneath rubble.