A massive tornado touched down Monday in Moore, Okla., near Oklahoma City, leveling the area to little more than debris.
According to the Associated Press, dozens of deaths were reported by the state medical examiner's office.
"Hearts are broken" for parents looking for their children, Gov. Mary Fallin told a news conference, the AP reported.
Aerial views show rampant fires, crushed cars and buildings in ruins. Two elementary schools were heavily damaged, according to KFOR.
NBC reported that 200 people with minor injuries were being treated at a triage center. "Some are more grotesque," Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph said of the injuries.
The devastating twister comes in the wake of tornadoes and powerful storms throughout the Midwest Sunday and Monday.
The storm is in the near vicinity of where a previous twister hit May 3, 1999, which carried record-setting winds, the Associated Press reported.
How To Help: (This is a developing list. Please check back for updates.)
05/22/2013 4:34 PM EDT
Oklahoma City United Way
05/22/2013 3:53 PM EDT
Architecture For Humanity
Architecture for Humanity is on the ground in Moore assessing damage and will begin rebuilding. The organization said it is still grateful to Moore West Junior High, which helped fundraise for its rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Learn more here.
05/21/2013 4:29 PM EDT
DonorsChoose For Teachers
05/21/2013 4:04 PM EDT
The Animal Resource Center
The Animal Resource Center is taking in displaced pets. The organization is accepting donations through A New Leash on Life.
05/21/2013 4:01 PM EDT
Now or Never Horse Helper
Now or Never Horse Helper (NNHH) in Oklahoma is asking for volunteers who can foster any of the surviving horses to call 405-799-3276 or message the NNHH on their Facebook page.
05/21/2013 12:39 PM EDT
Save The Children
Save the Children’s U.S. emergency response team will deploy Child Friendly Space kits in shelters, helping to create a safe and secure atmosphere for displaced kids. The organization is also prepared to deploy infant and toddler hygiene materials, as it has for past disasters such as the tornado that struck Joplin, Mo.
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Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization's food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites. Learn more here.
05/20/2013 7:46 PM EDT
The University of Oklahoma is opening up spaces in Housing for the displaced families! Call 405-325-2511— OU Sooners (@UofOklahoma) May 20, 2013