Death, devastation from Oklahoma's tornado grip nation's attention, Governor calls for prayer


MOORE, Okla. — Residents in the tornado-battered town of Moore, Okla., spent the day trying to recover and clean up as the governor asked America to pray for Oklahoma.

More than 24 hours after a monster twister cut a 20-mile path of destruction across of Moore, Okla., the battered town is slowly coming to grips with the devastating reality around it.

The mile wide or more tornado has killed at least 24 people, 8 of them children, as it tore across parts of Oklahoma.

The search for survivors continued Tuesday, and it was unclear how many could still be trapped in rubble, dead or alive.

Sgt. Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department told the reporters that emergency responders to the affected areas have been hindered by debris and damage to roadways, along with heavy traffic.

More than 230 people were injured as the two-mile wide tornado stayed on the ground for 40 minutes, cutting a 17-mile path in a heavily populated area. An early estimate rated the tornado as an EF4, CNN said.

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