Death toll down to 24 in Moore, Oklahoma tornado

MOORE, Okla. - The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from an EF-5 tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including nine children.

That number stood at 51 as of Monday night, and Tuesday morning, KFOR in Oklahoma City reported the number had actually risen to 91.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliot 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.

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Among the dead are 12 adults in Moore and seven children from Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit from the twister.  Five people in Oklahoma City were killed, including one child.

Officials said 24 children were still missing late Monday from the school.

Hospital officials say they've treated more than 200 additional patients, including dozens of children.

Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot says Integris Southwest Medical Center has seen 90 patients, including five children who have been released. About 20 people remain hospitalized there.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says 85 people, including 50 children, came to his hospital and an affiliated children's hospital for treatment. He does not know how many have been released.

St. Anthony Hospital spokeswoman Sandra Payne says her hospital and two regional facilities have seen 35 patients, including 14 children. Thirty-two patients have been released. Three children were transferred elsewhere.

Citing officials with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, our NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City, KFOR, is reporting search crews found 101 people alive overnight amid the rubble.


The National Weather Service is reporting the tornado reached wind speeds of up to 200 mph. KFOR reports the storm ravaged roughly 30 square miles.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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