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US school hit by tornado, neighborhoods flattened

Published:Monday | May 20, 2013 | 4:44 PM

MOORE, Oklahoma (AP):

A series of tornadoes have hit in the US state of Oklahoma.

Authorities say an elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb took a direct hit from a 1.6 kilometer wide tornado.

The school suffered extensive damage, there is no word of injuries.

Neighborhoods in Moore, Oklahoma, are flattened and buildings are on fire.

Television footage on Monday afternoon showed homes and buildings that had been reduced to rubble in the city south of Oklahoma City.

Footage also showed vehicles littering roadways south and southwest of Oklahoma City.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The suburb of Moore was hit hard by a tornado in 1999.

The storm had the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface.


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