OK tornado death toll being lowered

By Associated Press 9:37pm, May 20, 2013 - Updated 10:00am, May 21, 2013
A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Okla., following a massive tornado. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The death toll from the devastating tornado outside Oklahoma City has been lowered to 24 including seven children. Officials think some people may have been counted twice in the chaos that followed.

Officials at two hospitals say they're treating more than 120 patients, including about 70 children. Their conditions ranged from minor injuries to critical.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says "hearts are broken" for parents wondering about the fate of their children, and officials say the search and rescue effort will continue throughout the night.

Fallin says a center for those seeking loved ones has been set up at a church in Moore, where an afternoon tornado flattened entire neighborhoods and destroyed an elementary school with a direct hit. She says responders are working as quickly as they can to sort through the rubble.

Authorities who joined Fallin say search and rescue efforts are ongoing and will continue overnight.

The governor says the state will spare no resource in the tornado recovery and will consider using Oklahoma's rainy day fund in the effort.

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