Nightly News   |  May 20, 2013

‘Look at that school…this is war-zone terrible’

Oklahoma NBC affiliate KFOR reports in the aftermath of the large twister that hit Moore, Okla.

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>>> we are back. we're reporting from our los angeles bureau tonight. all eyes, all attention is on the city of moore, oklahoma, just to the south of oklahoma city . it appear s they have had a historic tornado there of f-4 or f-5 intensity. we want to bring you some of the early coverage on our nbc station in oklahoma city , kfor. this begins with the arrival of the twister itself.

>> reporter: there it is. it's a mile right there on the bailey where it turns down south. that's where it is right there. man, it's about a mile right at our tail.

>> don't lose your life. go get away from it or go below ground. storm cellar , basement or safe room. that's the only option you have.

>> it's absolutely massive, just shredding everything in front of it. violent, violent motion, a huge debris cloud around it.

>> this thing hasn't decreased in size any. i'm actually kind of getting closer than i want to be to it right now. this thing is sucking us in at about 50 to 60 miles an hour right now. look at that school, guys. oh, my god. if you guys can see this, i don't know how to explain it, how to describe it. this is -- this is terrible. this is war zone terrible. it is like you see completely destroyed as kids run up to hopefully their loved ones. but this whole area right here, guys, it's completely destroyed.

>> oh, no. oh, my.

>> that's another school. i don't know what to say. that one looks harder hit than any of them before.

>> oh, my goodness.

>> as a parent this is kind of hard to report on.

>> horrific.

>> we're going to stay in the air.

>> you look at the scene of destruction there and the small figures of the rescuers working frantically and where do you begin? that's the question. where do you begin on something like this?

>> we said at the top of the broadcast our colleagues at kfor are covering their own community. it is hard to look at the scenes even if you don't have ties to the community. al