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Witnesses describe deadly Oklahoma tornado: ‘All you could hear were screams’

Two men stand in front of Plaza Towers Elementary after a tornado destroyed the school on Monday. (Bryan Terry/AP/The …

[Updated at 8:30 a.m. CT]

MOORE, Okla. – The hell he saw was harrowing, but it’s the sounds at Plaza Towers Elementary that Stuart Earnest Jr. says will haunt him forever.

“All you could hear were screams,” Earnest said. “The people screaming for help. And the people trying to help were also screaming.”

Plaza Towers, a pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade school, took a direct hit when a titanic tornado chewed a deadly and destructive 20-mile path through Newcastle, Moore and parts of southern Oklahoma City for 40 minutes Monday afternoon.

State officials have adjusted the number of casualties a few times since the tragedy. Tuesday morning,Reuters quoted Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office, as saying the death toll had been reduced to 24. more....

lease pray for the injured, the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, and the survivors who have lost their homes, businesses, most of their communities. Thank you.

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Reader Comments  (2) | June 1st 2013 at 1370088517

The poor people in Kansas and Oklahoma have really taken a beating the last two weeks. Last night, May 31, was the latest in a string of destruction. People of Oklahoma, know that the rest of America is praying for you and supporting you with out donations of time and money. God Bless!
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Carolyn | June 1st 2013 at 1370109740

Yes, our hearts are breaking for them, and we are praying for the very best outcome possible for each. Thank you.

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