Oklahoma Tornado Death Toll Lowered to 24: Report
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The death toll from the massive tornado that cut a swath of destruction across the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday has been lowered to 24, including nine children, according to reports.
Earlier reports had put the number of casualties at 91 people, 20 of them children.
The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office said 24 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage of Monday's storm, Reuters reported, citing Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer for the medical examiner.
"We have got good news. The number right now is 24," Elliot said. "There was a lot of chaos."
She said additional bodies could yet be recovered, Reuters reported.
Seven of the nine children who were killed died at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which took a direct hit.
Emergency workers pulled more than 100 survivors from the rubble, according to reports.
The tornado flattened at least two schools and a hospital in suburbs around Oklahoma City. Most of the damage was centered in Moore, about 10 miles south of the city.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said the risk of tornadoes in the region remained high Tuesday.
"Numerous neighborhoods were completely leveled," Sgt. Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department said by telephone to the Times. "Neighborhoods just wiped clean."
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