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Clinging to the hope of finding more survivors, rescue workers raced overnight scouring mountains of rubble where houses and schools once stood– even as the sobering death toll continued to climb.

The vicious tornado that tore across central Oklahoma on Monday has killed at least 51 people — with about 40 more bodies expected to arrive at the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office, Amy Elliott of the coroner’s office said. The official death toll will gradually rise as the bodies are processed.

At least 20 of those killed were children, including seven from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore — the site of a frantic search early Tuesday morning.

About 75 students and staff members hunkered down in the school when the tornado hit, CNN affiliate KFOR reported. The school in the direct path of the monster storm’s fury.

A father of a third-grader still missing sat on a stool outside. Tears cascaded from his face as he waited quietly for any news.

Even parents of survivors couldn’t wrap their minds around the tragedy.

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