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UPDATE: Oklahoma tornado death toll revised

Posted: Updated: May 21, 2013 10:10 AM CDT

By: Newsroom
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Authorities in Moore, Oklahoma now say there are 24 confirmed deaths, not 51.  The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children.
     Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.
     Teams are continuing to search the rubble in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City, after the Monday afternoon tornado.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Officials at two hospitals say they're treating more than 120 patients, including about 70 children, after a massive tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says the hospital and a nearby children's hospital are treating approximately 85 patients, including 65 children, after Monday afternoon's twister.

He said their conditions ranged from minor injuries to critical.

Integris Southwest Medical Center spokeswoman Brooke Cayot says 10 of 37 patients being treated at that facility Monday are listed in critical condition. Twelve are in serious and 15 others are listed in fair or good condition.

Cayot says five of the patients at Integris are children, including two who came from the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.

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Posted By: KKLN Newsroom
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MOORE, Okla. (AP) Authorities say an elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb took a direct hit from a mile-wide tornado.
     Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says there is no word of injuries from the elementary school. Knight says the school suffered ``extensive damage'' on Monday afternoon.
     Neighborhoods in Moore, Okla., are flattened and buildings are on fire. Television footage on Monday afternoon showed homes and buildings that had been reduced to rubble in the city south of Oklahoma City. Footage also showed vehicles littering roadways south and southwest of Oklahoma City.
     There were no immediate reports of injuries.
     The suburb of Moore was hit hard by a tornado in 1999. The storm had the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface.

 

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