Gov. Fallin, Emergency Officials Host News Conference Following Deadly Tornado

Monday, May 20th 2013, 9:43 pm
By: News 9

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and several other law enforcement officials hosted a news conference in Moore Monday evening, after a tornado tore across the Moore area, killing at least 51 people and injuring many more.

The powerful tornado first touched down in Newcastle Monday afternoon, and churned toward Interstate 44 and S.W. 149th Street.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents wondering about the fate of their children after a tornado devastated suburban Oklahoma City and officials say the search and rescue effort will continue throughout the night.

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Fallin told a Monday news conference that a center for those seeking loved ones has been set up at a church in Moore, where an afternoon tornado flattened entire neighborhoods and destroyed an elementary school with a direct hit. She says responders are working as quickly as they can to sort through the rubble.

Authorities who joined Fallin say search and rescue efforts are ongoing and will continue overnight.

The governor says the state will spare no resource in the tornado recovery and will consider using Oklahoma's rainy day fund in the effort.