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UPDATE: Death toll lowered to 24 in tornado deaths

Posted: Updated: May 21, 2013 09:10 AM

UPDATE:

MOORE, Okla. (KNOE 8 News) - 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.

A spokeswoman says 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. More than 120 people have been treated at hospitals, including about 50 children.

UPDATE:

MOORE, Okla. (KNOE 8 News) - Rescue crews are working 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.

Officials say at least 51 people were killed in Monday's twister, including at least 20 children. Those numbers were expected to climb.

The center of the devastation is in Moore, a community of 41,000 people 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

More than 120 people were being treated at hospitals, including about 50 children. Amy Elliott, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office, said Tuesday that there could be as many as 40 more fatalities from Monday's tornado.

UPDATE: 

MOORE, Okla. (KNOE 8 News) - The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says the official death toll in the aftermath of a massive tornado that slammed the Oklahoma City area remains at 51 but is expected to rise.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott told The Associated Press early Tuesday that officials could see as many as 40 more deaths from the Monday's twister.

The tornado tore through parts of suburban Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph and landing a direct blow on an elementary school in Moore. At least 20 of the confirmed dead are children.

ORIGINAL STORY:

MOORE, Ok. (KNOE 8 News) - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma as the state recovers from a massive tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, killing at least 51 people and flattening entire neighborhoods.

The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office says that 20 children are among the dead.

Obama has ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. Individuals and business owners affected by the disaster may apply for federal grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs.

Oklahoma officials say search and rescue efforts will continue through the night in suburbs of Oklahoma City laid waste by Monday's deadly tornado. But the tornado threat has not passed.

The National Weather Service says multiple tornadoes are possible and has issued warnings for several counties in southeastern Oklahoma and north and western Arkansas, along with parts of southern and central Missouri and a small slice of western Illinois.

The roof of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., is gone, the walls have been knocked down and the playground has been turned into a mass of twisted plastic and metal.

The school took a direct hit Monday from a tornado at least a half-mile wide with winds up to 200 mph.

Rescue teams have been desperately digging through the debris searching for survivors. Some of the students are among the dozens killed, but several have been pulled out alive.

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