At least 24 people are confirmed dead after the biggest tornado in the US for over 70 years hits Oklahoma City

Winds of up to 200mph flatten neighbourhoods, including a primary school

President Obama: “Americans from every corner of this country will be right there with them opening our homes and hearts…”

Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma CityTeachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City (AP)

People walk through a neighborhood in south Oklahoma City after the tornado.AP/The Oklahoman

People walk through a neighborhood in south Oklahoma City after the tornado. (AP/The Oklahoman)

Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after the tornado.AP/The Oklahoman

Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after the tornado. (AP/The Oklahoman)

God bless everyone, prayers to everyone. Oklahoma Strong. pic.twitter.com/WHZpNGReR9

God bless everyone, prayers to everyone. Oklahoma Strong. pic.twitter.com/WHZpNGReR9

 food is being provided by the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief team and they can help with “mud-out assistance and chain saw assistance to help with clean up efforts”.

by Helen James, Press Association 2013-05-21 10:30:04

Oklahoma Baptist University is offering accommodation to people who have been affected by the tornado. It says up to 350 beds are available in Agee Residence Centre until May 29.

by Helen James, Press Association 2013-05-21 10:28:40

A huge tornado has left areas of Oklahoma City in ruins after 200mph winds flattened homes in the US state. President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster.
• At least 51 people were killed, including at least 20 children, with another 40 feared dead.
• The tornado was an EF-4 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the second most-powerful type of twister.
• More than 120 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 50 children.

Gene Tripp sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood in Oklahoma City

This map shows the path of the tornado through the Moore suburb

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