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AOL's Coverage Of The Deadly Oklahoma Tornado

editorial.huffingtonpost.com First Posted: 05/21/13 EDT Updated: 05/21/13 EDT

A devastating, monstrous tornado destroyed most of the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, devastating homes, businesses, and severely damaging two elementary schools and a hospital. The storm covered an area as much as two miles wide and 22 miles long, according to officials. As crews continue the search for survivors, there is confusion over the death toll, and officials are revising the number of people killed by Monday's monster tornado.
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Tornado seen in sharp contrast with yellow wildflowers and clear skies.

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Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla, Monday, May 20, 2013. Near SW 149th and Hudson. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)

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This aerial photo shows damage to Moore Medical Center after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

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Injured horses huddle together after the tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Chris Landsberger)





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