Some children rescued from rubble of Moore school; 9 found dead

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by Associated Press / CBS News

AP / CBS

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 10:29 AM

MOORE, Oklahoma -- Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb. Others were found dead.

An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado hit the region.

Nine children were later found dead, authorities confirmed early Tuesday.

Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were passed down a human chain and taken to a triage center set up in the school’s parking lot.

The school is southwest of Oklahoma City. Its roof appears mangled and the walls had fallen in or had collapsed.

Another school nearby was also severely damaged, but all of the kids in that building managed to make it out okay.

The National Weather Service said the tornado’s preliminary classification was an EF-4, with winds up to 200 mph.

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