A massive tornado touched down Monday in Moore, Okla., near Oklahoma City, leveling the area to little more than debris.
According to the Associated Press, dozens of deaths were reported by the state medical examiner's office.
"Hearts are broken" for parents looking for their children, Gov. Mary Fallin told a news conference, the AP reported.
Aerial views show rampant fires, crushed cars and buildings in ruins. Two elementary schools were heavily damaged, according to KFOR.
NBC reported that 200 people with minor injuries were being treated at a triage center. "Some are more grotesque," Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph said of the injuries.
The devastating twister comes in the wake of tornadoes and powerful storms throughout the Midwest Sunday and Monday.
The storm is in the near vicinity of where a previous twister hit May 3, 1999, which carried record-setting winds, the Associated Press reported.
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