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US tornado kills up to 91, survivors sought

‘LIKE A TRAIN COMING’:The 3km wide twister was the deadliest to hit the US in two years, with winds of up to 320kph. Many small children are feared dead

Reuters, MOORE, Oklahoma

Moore was devastated with debris everywhere, street signs gone, lights out, houses destroyed and vehicles tossed about as if they were toys.

The dangerous storm system threatened several southern Plains states with more twisters. The area around Moore faced the risk of severe thunderstorms yesterday, which could hamper rescue efforts.

Speaking outside Norman Regional Hospital, Ninia Lay, 48, said she huddled in a closet through two storm alerts before the tornado hit on the third.

“I was hiding in the closet and I heard something like a train coming,” she said under skies still flashing with lightning.

The house was flattened and Lay was buried in the rubble for two hours until her husband Kevin, 50, and rescuers dug her out.

“I thank God for my cellphone, I called my husband for help,” she said.

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