In the hours after the tornado struck, survivors began to describe what had happened to them – among them some of the children at the Plaza Towers Elementary school which had taken a direct hit.
“The tornado went in and I was so afraid that I was hanging onto one of the desks and I fell back and then all the dirt start getting on my eyes and on my clothe,” said Isabela Rojas.
Gabriel Ryan Wheeler added: “Well, it just, it was just thump, thump and the roof came off and then I felt something and then it was raining, clay on me and all that.”
More than 100 people have been pulled alive from the debris. Thunderstorms and lightening may have hampered the rescue effort but firefighters from more than a dozen fire departments and rescuers from neighbouring states are not giving up.
Reporting for euronews Marci Gonzalez said:
“First responders are out holding out hope that someone may have survived, they are looking through the rubble to see if anyone could still be trapped underneath.”