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Death Toll In Oklahoma Tornado Lowered, But Search Continues

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  • 05.21.13 05:12 PM EDT


Moore Oklahoma, a town near Oklahoma City, was ravaged by a giant tornado on Monday afternoon. Authorities and rescue crews searched through the night for survivors. The death toll was initially reported as being as high as 91, but on Tuesday morning, the Oklahoma medical examiner lowered it to 24, highlighting the chaos of the initial stages of the recovery.

The tornado spent around 40 minutes on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb southwest of Oklahoma City. According to reports, it moved directly through the town, hitting Briarwood Elementary School, where all the students are believed to have survived and the Plaza Towers School, where 7 students were killed. 

Below is a preliminary map of the path of the tornado, courtesy of Jacob Wycoff and @WeatherBug.

The tornado started around 3 p.m. local time, and is currently classified as a Level 4 Tornado, on a scale of 0-5, though a definitive rating will be issued later in the week. 

The storm comes after severe weather on Sunday caused destruction across Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Iowa.

The Moore Tornado, according to early reports, is following a similar path to the May 3, 1999 tornado that ravaged Oklahoma.