Rescue teams combed through pulverized buildings and splintered homes early Tuesday after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history blasted through the suburbs of Oklahoma City, killing at least 51 people — including 20 children.
Officials warned that the death toll from Monday’s mid-afternoon twister was almost certain to rise significantly when dawn broke in the devastated city of Moore, and as more bodies were taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner. Elementary school children were among the many missing.
“It is going to go higher,” Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said Tuesday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” of the death toll.
Severe weather remained a threat Tuesday, with early morning storms expected to lash areas where workers were cleaning up. Lightning flashed in the sky over Moore, and forecasters warned that more “large and devastating” tornadoes were possible, with large cities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas also at risk. (more…)
The death toll has been revised. 24 people have died.