MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Search-and-rescue crews worked through the night after a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood. At least 24 people were killed, including at least seven children, and those numbers were expected to climb.
As the sun rose over the shattered community of Moore, the state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half.
Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Downed communication lines and problems sharing information with officers exacerbated the problem, she said.
Authorities initially said as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.
So does this mean the 51 is no longer right? Same with the 20 killed children? I am so confused! I am hoping for the lower numbers.
Answer by okmanders at 11:17 AM on May. 21, 2013
Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:28 AM on May. 21, 2013
I think they are trying to go back to the number confirmed by the medical examiner and the number will likely rise as the recovery efforts progress. This is just one of the problems with all of the media outlets trying to be the first to report something. We see it over and over again with tragic events like this. Misreporting spreads like a plague within the media.
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:30 AM on May. 21, 2013
Answer by okmanders at 11:47 AM on May. 21, 2013