THE city and surrounding areas of Moore, Okla., are in mind-numbing shambles after a tornado tore through the densely populated area Monday.

The tornado, among the most powerful on record, according to the National Weather Service, swept through at up to 210 mph and left behind a 17-mile-long path of destruction that measured 1.3 miles wide.

Local officials say search-and-rescue efforts are nearly complete. Horrific images from the scene show leveled homes and faces of people in utter shock.

Authorities report at least 24 deaths, including several children who died in an elementary school.

Rebuilding what’s lost will take time.

For now, the emphasis is on aiding survivors and recovering any remaining victims.

Here’s how you can help:

• Donate as little as $10 to the American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts by texting ‘Red Cross’ to 90999.

• Send contributions to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Or call 1-800-725-2769.

• Other local charities involved in the response efforts include: Feed the Children, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

For more information on donations, visit:
www.ok.gov/okstrong