Oklahoma Tornado Deaths Revised Down to 24, Including 9 Children
First responders are in a race against time in the search for any
survivors of a devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla.,
while the medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from 51
to 24, including nine children.
Oklahoma medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliot said this morning that
she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the
storm. The original death toll included 20 children.
Two elementary schools were in the path of Monday's tornado, which the
National Weather Service gave a preliminary rating of at least EF-4,
meaning churning wind speeds of up to 200 mph.
Oklahoma City police spokesman Sgt. Gary Knight said seven of the young victims were from Plaza Towers Elementary School.