Tornado Death Toll Revised to 24, 9 Children Among the Dead

May 20, 2013 3:59 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A precise count is difficult to come by, but officials at four hospitals in the Oklahoma City area say they've treated hundreds of patients, including dozens of children, since yesterday's deadly tornado struck.

About 60 patients remain hospitalized, though some are expected to be released today. The storm killed at least 24 people, including at least nine children. But the fire chief in Moore, perhaps the hardest hit community, says he's "98 percent sure" there are no more victims or survivors under the rubble.

Fire Chief Gary says every damaged home has been searched at least once, and that his goal is to conduct three searches of each location just to be sure.

He's hopeful the work could be completed by nightfall, though heavy rains have slowed efforts and soaked debris piles.

The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Moore was a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph. It cut a path 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide.

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