Friday, December 19, 2014

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Casualty toll in Oklahoma at least 51


UPDATE (AP) - Casualty numbers are starting to come in from the Oklahoma City area, where a monstrous tornado has left a scene of devastation.

Authorities are reporting that at least 51 people have been killed and that toll is expected to rise. Meanwhile, officials at two hospitals say they're treating nearly 60 patients.

At least 10 are listed in critical condition. The injured include more than a dozen children.

The Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore took a direct hit, and rescuers have been pulling children alive from the wreckage.

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Children pulled from rubble

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb.

An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado hit the region.

Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were passed down a human chain and taken to a triage center set up in the school's parking lot.

The school is southwest of Oklahoma City. Its roof appears mangled and the walls had fallen in or had collapsed.

The National Weather Service said the tornado's preliminary classification was an EF-4, with winds up to 200 mph.