Medical examiner revises Oklahoma tornado death toll down to 24

Associated Press

Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City on Monday. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.

MOORE, Okla. — Search-and-rescue crews worked through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children, and those numbers were expected to climb.

Associated Press

A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday. The relationship between the woman and the child was not immediately known. A tornado as much as half a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.

Associated Press

A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Okla., following a tornado on Monday. A tornado as much as half a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.

As the sun rose over the shattered community of Moore, the state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Downed communication lines and problems sharing information with officers exacerbated the problem, she said.

Authorities initially said as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.

Teams were continuing to search the rubble in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City, after the Monday afternoon tornado.

The storm stripped leaves off trees and left scores of blocks barren and dark. Rescuers walked through neighborhoods where Monday's powerful twister flattened home after home, listening for voices calling out from the rubble. A helicopter buzzed above, shining lights on crews below.

By early Tuesday, the community of 41,000 people braced for another long, harrowing day.

"As long as we are here ... we are going to hold out hope that we will find survivors," said Trooper Betsy Randolph, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

More than 120 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 50 children.

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Bob White's picture

I'm surprise the predictable

I'm surprise the predictable Jerry isn't on here spouting off how its all the Republican and Tbagers fault how this sad event happened.



As is everyone, I am heartbroken for the poor people who have lost everything for the second time in a dozen years. However, that being said, I am also angry. It is their two senators Coburn and Inhofe that have worked tirelessly to defund FEMA and who refused to vote for aid for the Sandy victims. I would like for those two to go to their constituents and tell them that aid for them is a "waste of taxpayer money" again. And in a just world that FEMA aid would carry a label saying "Paid for by democrats who fought your senators to bring this to you." It is the height of hypocrisy that those two defunded FEMA, refused to help victims in another state and yet requested money three times this year for their constituents.

Bob White's picture

Does your type always have to

Does your type always have to make this a political thing. This really shows your mentality it doesn't matter what the problem is in your eyes its always the Republicans fault. That is the reason this country is in the mess it is in. Claire even though you had a different opinion then me I still respected that of you but after that comment I lost all respect. ( I admit it probably doesn't mean a lot)

Steve  Dosh's picture

Huge tornado hits Oklahoma City suburb, kills 51

. .Hmmm. .4:04 pm hst ?
Pray for the survivors and their families . .
/s Dr. Dosh , HI

David  Cote's picture

Just curious Steve...

Why did you start your post with "Hmmm"?

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David  Cote's picture

All this begs the question...

Does the Rosetta Stone learning language program teach a person how to read prescription?


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