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Tornado Blasts School near Oklahoma City

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


 The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says 51 people have been killed. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is expected to rise again. She says children are among those killed.

 Meanwhile, officials at two hospitals say they're treating more than 120 patients, including about 50 children.

 The OU Medical Center says its treating about 65 patients, including 45 children. Their conditions range from minor injuries to critical.

 Integris Southwest Medical Center says nine of 57 patients being treated at that facility are listed in critical condition. Nineteen are in serious condition and 29 others are listed in fair or good condition.

 Five of the patients were children who have since been treated and released.








Authorities say an elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb took a direct hit from a mile-wide tornado. A massive tornado churned across Moore and headed toward the Mid-Del area.

Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department says there is no word of injuries from the elementary school. Knight says the school suffered "extensive damage" on Monday afternoon. He did not say which school was hit.

Neighborhoods in Moore, Okla., are flattened and blown apart, with shards of wood and pieces of insulation strewn everywhere. Television footage also showed first responders picking through rubble and twisted metal in the suburb south of Oklahoma City.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The tornado first formed on the ground in Newcastle. It moved east northeast around 15 to 25 mph across southern Moore. The massive tornado swept across the area near S.W. 149th and Penn.

The tornado then crossed Interstate 35, crossing Bryant and Sunnylane and heading toward Tinker Air Force Base.

There was obvious massive damage to homes, businesses and other structures. There has been no confirmation of any injuries.

The suburb of Moore was hit hard by a tornado in 1999. The storm had the highest winds ever recorded near the earth's surface.

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