51 killed in Oklahoma tornado; death toll to rise
Tue, 21 May 2013 04:05:25 GMT —
Search and rescue efforts are continuing through the night in the suburbs of Oklahoma City where a monstrous tornado with winds up to 200 mph flattened neighborhoods Monday.
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says 51 people have been killed. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is expected to rise again. She says children are among those killed.
Many of the children killed were inside a school that took a direct hit and was destroyed in the storm.
Among the other buildings destroyed in Moore was a small hospital, but all the 30 patients inside survived as did all staff members on duty.
Meanwhile, officials at two nearby hospitals say they're treating more than 120 patients, including about 50 children.
The OU Medical Center says its treating about 65 patients, including 45 children. Their conditions range from minor injuries to critical.