The tornado that devastated Moore, Okla., yesterday has prompted the deployment of 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard and other responders to the affected area. The National Guard members are assisting with search and rescue efforts as well as security. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin activated the soldiers and airmen of the National Guard yesterday as the extent of the damage was just becoming known.
The tornado was a two-mile wide twister that contained winds of up to 200 mph, and caused heavy damage to Moore. One of the more emotional scenes has been at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which suffered a direct hit that tore off the roof and collapsed walls. Volunteers joined with first responders and Guard members to search for survivors at the school. The death toll, which was reported as high as 51 in the immediate aftermath, has been revised downward to at least 24, with authorities cautioning that it could rise again. At least 120 people have been injured, with many missing.