UPDATE: Medical Examiner Now Says 24 Dead In Moore, OK Twister

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
The state medical examiner

The Warren Theatre in Moore, OK which is being used as a staging area for first responders following a massive tornado. Photo courtesy of Bill Warren.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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 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.

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 television station KOCO reports the death toll from the Moore, OK tornado could climb to 91. At least 233 have been injured.

The tornado developed shortly before 3 p.m. and at times reached sizes of two miles wide. The tornado diminished and then disappeared around 3:35 p.m. at traveled roughly 12 miles over 45 minutes. The tornado has a preliminary rating of EF4 with wind speeds estimated at 200 mph.

ABC News reported President Obama plans to make a statement on the Oklahoma tornado at 9:00 a.m. CT.

UPDATE: Monday, May 20, 2013

A massive tornado has hit the city of Moore, Oklahoma.

The tornado developed shortly before 3 p.m. and at times reached sizes of two miles wide. The tornado diminished and then disappeared around 3:35 p.m. at traveled roughly 12 miles over 45 minutes. The tornado has a preliminary rating of EF4 with wind speeds estimated at 200 mph.

At times, the rain-wrapped tornado reached sizes of two miles wide. Reports of injuries continue to come in. At least 91 people have been confirmed dead in the storm's aftermath, according to the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office, including at least 20 children. However, that number could climb as the search effort continues. Damage is extensive. 233 people have been injured

85 patients were taken to OU Medical Center. 65 of them are children. Their injuries range from minor to critical. Integris Southwest Medical Center in downtown Oklahoma City, has received 33 patients, including three children. Moore Medical Center had to be evacuated due to damage.

Two schools have been destroyed and entire neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble. One took a direct hit from the tornado. School officials are working to account for all of the children. KOCO-TV reports that some surviving students from Briar Creek Elementary have been taken to a nearby neighborhood to wait for their parents.

I-35 was shut down for nearly 7 hours by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, but has since been reopened. However, the exits to Moore are closed to traffic.

Portions of the road are covered with debris and are impassible. Oklahoma County has asked for every available resource to respond to Moore. Oklahoma City Police have asked that everyone stay out of the area due to the danger to public safety. Live power lines and ruptured gas lines pose a serious risk to the public and first responders.

Wichita Businessman Bill Warren tells KAKE News that his theater in Moore, Oklahoma suffered some damage, but no one was hurt. Warren says he was watching the security camera.

Employees of the theater assisted patrons with taking shelter. Warren says the tornado turned quickly as it approached his business, so the theater did not take a direct hit from the storm. The theater and parking lot will now be used as a staging area for emergency responders.

Warren tells us he has been told the hospital suffered extensive damage.

KAKE continues to track the situation in Oklahoma. This is a developing story, check back often for updates. You can watch live footage by :clicking here.


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