51 Dead in Oklahoma Tornado

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Number of dead expected to rise as crews dig through the rubble.

This photo provided by KFOR-TV shows a house fire outside Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. A monstrous tornado as much as a mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/KFOR-TV)

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says a growing death toll from a massive tornado that struck outside Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon now stands at 51. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is again expected to rise. Elliott says children are among those killed by the storm.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents wondering about the fate of their children after a tornado devastated suburban Oklahoma City and officials say the search and rescue effort will continue throughout the night.
Fallin told a Monday news conference that a center for those seeking loved ones has been set up at a church in Moore, where an afternoon tornado flattened entire neighborhoods and destroyed an elementary school with a direct hit. She says responders are working as quickly as they can to sort through the rubble.
Authorities who joined Fallin say search and rescue efforts are ongoing and will continue overnight.
The governor says the state will spare no resource in the tornado recovery and will consider using Oklahoma's rainy day fund in the effort.

Officials say a small hospital in Moore was damaged by Monday afternoon's tornado.
The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain says the Moore Medical Center sustained damage.
Cain also said the hospital was evacuated and all 13 patients were transferred to other facilities.
Cain said she didn't know the conditions of the patients or the extent of the damage at the hospital, which is southwest of Oklahoma City.


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