Death toll in Okla. twister revised: 24 dead, including 9 children

MOORE, Okla. - The medical examiner's office in Oklahoma has confirmed the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb stands at 24 people, including nine children.

IMAGES: Tornado rips through Moore, Okla.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Tuesday that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.

Elliott said nine children are confirmed dead, including seven who were pulled from the wreckage of an elementary school in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City. Teams continued their search Tuesday after a top-of-the-scale EF-5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph shattered the community.

The center of the devastation is in Moore, a community of 41,000 people.

A Moore fire official said he's "98 percent sure" there are no more victims or survivors under the rubble.

Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird said 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.
 
Bird is hopeful the work could be completed by nightfall, though heavy rains have slowed efforts and soaked debris piles.

Hospital officials said they've treated more than 200 patients, including dozens of children, since the destruction.

Dozens of patients remained hospitalized Tuesday following Monday's storms that health officials said led to more than 200 injuries.

Norman Regional Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Herron said 20 of the more than 100 patients her hospital treated remained hospitalized.

Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot said about 20 of the 90 patients seen at Integris Southwest Medical Center also remained at the hospital.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger said his hospital has treated 93 people, including 59 children, since a round of storms Sunday. Twenty patients remained hospitalized Tuesday.

St. Anthony Hospital spokeswoman Sandra Payne said her hospital and affiliated facilities have seen 36 patients. All were transferred or being released.

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