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Mother Reunited With Son After Tornado

MOORE, OK - MAY 20: Debris covers the ground after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado, reported to be at least EF4 strength and two miles wide, touched down in the Oklahoma City area on Monday killing at least 51 people. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Monday's devastating tornado near Moore, Okla. demolished an area as big as 2 miles wide and 22 miles long, and the latest news reports estimate that 24 people are confirmed dead, nine of those children. In the path of destruction were two elementary schools, Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementaries. While heartbreaking details are emerging of rescue crews and residents looking for causalities among the rubble, there have also been touching stories of those who managed to escape unharmed, including many students at those schools.

Trenda Purcell was among the parents searching for their children after the tornadoes. A journalist from The Oklahoman caught her tearful reunion on camera as she finally spotted her son, Kamden Purcell, who was a 1st-grade student at Briarwood Elementary. In the video you can see Trenda Purcell reaching down and grabbing her son to pull him close to her. She then hugged the teacher who was sitting with him, who told the lucky mom, "He was so brave."

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