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Mile-Wide Tornado Kills Dozens, Levels Homes in Moore, Oklahoma

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UPDATE: According to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office, death toll now stands at 51.

ORIGINAL: MOORE, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says 37 people have been killed by a tornado that hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon.

Officials at two hospitals say they're treating nearly 60 patients, including more than a dozen children.  Many of those seeking attention are listed in critical condition.

President Barack Obama has called Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to express his concern. Meanwhile, the White House says Obama told the governor that he's directed the government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide any assistance she needs. FEMA has sent a special team to Oklahoma's emergency operations center to help out and dispatch resources.

The tornado flattened entire neighborhoods in the southern suburb of Moore with winds up to 200 mph, leaving buildings on fire and landing a direct blow to an elementary school.

 

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