A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs.
(NBC NEWS) Nightfall can't hide the devistation or desperation of emergency teams continuing to pour through debris searching for survivors in the cake of an overwhelming storm.
The images show almost inconcediable, and the reality is even worse.
More than 50 are dead, and hundreds are injured as a massive twister on the ground for close to an hour ripped through central Oklahoma.
"It was unbearably loud and you could see stuff flying everywhere," said tornado survivor Lando Hite.
The Devastation stretches for more than 20 miles.
Entire communities were swallowed by the storm, including two elementary schools in the region that took a direct hit.
Children were pulled from the rubble, but now we know there are students among the dead.
First responders did find at least one teacher who put her life on the line to protect her students.
Preliminary indications are the mile wide tornado was a powerful EF-4 or higher with winds pushing around 200 miles per hour.