Hi, I'm Carl Azuz.
Welcome to the special edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS.
Today, we're focusing exclusively on the Oklahoma City area and the devastating tornado that tore through there on Monday.
This is what we know so far.
The tornado touched down near the town of New Castle, Oklahoma, just before 3 P.M Monday.
Residents had about 16 minutes warning before it hit.
From there, it moved to the city of Moore.
And that's where the storm did its worst.
You can tell from this video, it was gigantic .
Officials said it was more than a mile wide, and the path that took across New Castle and Moore was 17 miles long.
That path was one of destruction and devastation.
Homes and businesses flattened, a local hospital severely damaged, two elementary schools took direct hits.
As of today, afternoon, authorities have confirmed dozens of deaths from this tornado including nine children.
More than 200 other people were injured.
The rescue effort started immediately Monday afternoon and continued through the night.
Pamela Brown has more on that.
Illuminated by flood lights, rescue teams searched tirelessly throughout the night, sifting through mountains of debris where Plaza Towers Elementary School once stood.
Oh, my God!
In some places, the debris was ten feet high, underneath every parent's worth nightmare ,
the bodies of schoolchildren who tried to seek shelter from a ferocious tornado, many more still missing.
The race to rescue dozens of students and teachers began right after the massive mile-wide tornado ripped through at least two elementary schools directly in its past.
At hardest hit Plaza Towers Elementary, a third grade class huddled in a hallway of their school.
We had to pull a car out of the front hallway off a teacher.
She,I don't know what that lady's name is, but she had three little kids underneath her.
Good job, teach.
Worried parents sent to a staging area at the nearby church and search for answers.
At first, several children were pulled from the leveled school alive,
but with each passing hour the operation tragically went from a rescue to a recovery mission.
The heart wrenching reality of the storm's fury hard to comprehend, even for those covering it.
I've never seen anything like this in my 18 years covering tornadoes here in Oklahoma City.
This is without question, that most terrific-I've never seen it.OK.
All right, Lance.
Listen, we need to get this information.
The searchers were able to reunite many kids with their families.
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