Dramatic Photos: Oklahoma Tornado Strike

A massive tornado touched down just south of Oklahoma City on Monday, ripping through neighborhoods and striking two elementary schools.

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Lea Bessinger salvages a picture of Jesus as she and her son Josh Bessinger sort through the rubble. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds. Click to see dramatic photos from the scene.
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A resident allowed looks through the rubble of a destroyed home, one day after a massive tornado moved through Moore, Oklahoma. A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the area flattening neighborhoods, setting fires and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
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The wreckage of homes litters a playground adjacent to a neighborhood which was destroyed.
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Two men attempt to pry open a door on a car to check for victims in a business parking lot west of I-35 south of 4th Street in Moore, Oklahoma., on Monday, May 20.
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Maeghan Hadley, of One Day Ranch pet rescue, checks over a kitten pulled from under the rubble of a mobile home destroyed by Sunday's tornado in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park.
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Philip Gotcher stands in the rubble of his house after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Dana Ulepich searches inside a room left standing at the back of her house destroyed after a powerful tornado ripped through the area.
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Lonnie Langston stands near his garage that was swept off the concrete pad next to his house by a tornado.
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This aerial photo shows damage to Plaza Towers Elementary School after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A child calls to his father after being pulled from the rubble of the Tower Plaza Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs.
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A woman is pulled out from under tornado debris at the Plaza Towers School in Moore, Oklahoma Monday, May 20, 2013.
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Flipped vehicles are piled up outside the heavily damaged Moore Medical Center after a powerful tornado ripped through the area. The tornado, reported to be at least EF4 strength, touched down in the Oklahoma City area.
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Acquired at 2:55 CT on May 20, 2013, this image from the NOAA GOES-13 satellite shows the storms developing directly over central Oklahoma. One minute later an incredibly destructive tornado touched down in Moore, OK, killing dozens and leaving the down utterly destroyed.
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The hood of car is wedged into the front window of the Moore Medical Center after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Piles of debris and mangled trees remain after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Nathan Ulepich searches outside the back of his house destroyed after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A boy is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma Monday.
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A Goodwill donation station is surrounded by debris after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A vehicle lies upside down in the road after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Yvonne Barragar, Joe Marshall and Barbara Garcia sit in front of Barragar's destroyed house after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A home sits damaged after a tornado moved through the area May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma. A series of tornados moved across central Oklahoma May 19, killing two people and injuring at least 21.
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Kasey Clark sorts through the debris of her grandmother-in-law Thelma Cox's mobile home after it was destroyed by a tornado May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma.
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Gene Tripp sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood after being destroyed by a tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
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A child is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma and passed along to rescuers.
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A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday landing a direct blow on an elementary school.
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A boy is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Moore police dig through the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Rescue workers dig through the rubble of a collapsed wall at the Plaza Tower Elementary School to free trapped students in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A child is carried from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A woman carries an injured child to a triage center near the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma, Monday.
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Rescue workers dig through the rubble of a collapsed wall at the Plaza Tower Elementary School to free trapped students in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Onlookers watch as children are pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School following a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
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A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma., following a tornado Monday, May 20.
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A massive tornado touched down just south of Oklahoma City on Monday, ripping through neighborhoods and striking two elementary schools.
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A fire burns after a tornado touched down Monday.
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An aerial view of damage near Oklahoma City monday afternoon.
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An aerial view of damage near Oklahoma City monday afternoon.
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Destruction near Oklahoma City after tornado touched down on May 20, 2013.
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An aerial view of damage near Oklahoma City monday afternoon.
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This combination of photos shows left, a neighborhood in Moore, Oklahoma in ruins on Tuesday, May 4, 1999, after a tornado flattened many houses and at right flattened houses in Moore on Monday, May 20, 2013. Monday's powerful tornado in suburban Oklahoma City loosely followed the path of a killer twister that slammed the region in May 1999.
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Members of the New York Yankees observe a moment of silence for the victims of the tornado that ripped through Oklahoma earlier in the day before the start of their game against the Baltimore Orioles.
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President Obama talks on the phone with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for an update on the destructive tornado that hit the state.
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A resident who did not want to give his name, searches through the rubble of his mobile home in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed by Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Oklahoma.
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Zach Champion digs through the rubble of his mobile home for his belongings, Monday, May 20, 2013, in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park, destroyed in Sunday's tornado, near Shawnee, Okllahoma.
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A massive two-mile-wide tornado ripped through southern Oklahoma City on Monday.
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