May 20, 2013 11:50 PM by Connie Murphy

Oklahoma officials: Tornado search, rescue ongoing

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - 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.

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.

The White House says President Barack Obama called the governor and told her that he's directed the government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide any assistance she needs.

FEMA has sent a special team to Oklahoma's emergency operations center to help out and dispatch resources.

(Photograph taken from KFOR)


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