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UPDATE: Authorities say an elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb took a direct hit from a mile-wide tornado.
Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says there is no word of injuries from the elementary school. Knight says the school suffered "extensive damage" on Monday afternoon. He did not say which school was hit. At least seven children at the school are among the at least 37 people killed.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A large tornado is bearing down near Oklahoma City, part of a series of severe storms expected across portions of the Midwest.
Television footage shows a funnel cloud touching down southwest of the city on Monday, and radar indicates it is moving toward the state's capital city.
The Oklahoma House of Representatives canceled its afternoon sessions so Capitol employees and state lawmakers could take shelter. Sirens blared and workers made their way to the Capitol basement.
Oklahoma City's southeastern suburbs were hit by a storm Sunday and two people died. Monday's storm is in an area that is more densely populated.
Monday's storm is also near where a violent twister hit May 3, 1999. That storm carried the highest winds ever recorded on earth.
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