Oklahoma Medical Examiner now puts death toll in Moore at 24, not 51. Says some victims double-counted.—
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 21, 2013
Earlier reports suggested that at least 51 lives were lost (and as many as 91) when a deadly tornado swept through the Moore, Oklahoma, area. The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner’s Office now puts the death toll at 24, citing double-counting of casualties during the overnight chaos.
“We have got good news. The number right now is 24,” said Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner’s Office. The prior figure of 51 dead may have included some double-reported casualties, Elliott said.
That number reportedly includes seven children.
101 survivors were located last night.
Sadly, the total death toll could still rise.