Tornado hits Oklahoma; 51 dead, including 20 children

 Oklahoma tornadoes: Woman carries child through field after tornado in Moore, Okla.
 
AP Photo: Sue Ogrocki. A woman carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla.

        

MSN News                         10 min ago                            By MSN News with wire reports                          

    

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The death toll could rise to as high as 91 after a monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through Moore, Okla., on Monday.

 

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• At least 51 people were killed, including 20 children, according to the Oklahoma medical examiner. Officials said there could be as many as 40 more deaths.

• Rescue workers continue to search the rubble of Plaza Towers Elementary School for some two dozen missing children, Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said.

• Area hospitals reported at least 230 people injured, including at least 45 children.

• The storm laid waste to scores of buildings in Moore, a community of 41,000 people south of Oklahoma City.

• The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF4 on the enhanced Fujita scale, the second most-powerful type of twister.

• President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Oklahoma and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. Aid includes grants for temporary housing, home repairs, uninsured property losses and other recovery efforts.

• Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate is heading to Oklahoma on Tuesday to ensure that federal resources are being properly deployed.

• The President will make a statement from the White House on Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. ET after meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

• KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City reports that Moore has no running water. Crews are working to get it fixed. Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said downed power lines and open gas lines pose a risk in the aftermath of the system.

Tornado hits Oklahoma; 51 dead, including 20 children AP

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