Okla. Coroner Drops Death Toll to 24
Including 7 kids, but fatalities still expected to rise
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2013 1:42 AM CDT
Updated May 21, 2013 9:14 AM CDT
This aerial photo shows damage to Plaza Towers Elementary School after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma yesterday.   (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

(Newser) – The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office has dramatically dropped the confirmed death toll in yesterday's horrific tornado to 24, reports the AP. A spokeswoman said that some bodies were apparently counted twice in the chaotic aftermath of the storm, and that confusion was exacerbated by knocked-out communication lines. Seven children are among the dead, and the ME's office says the overall death toll is still expected to climb as rescue teams continue to search through rubble. Officials had initially reported 51 deaths. Click for more.

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May 25, 2013 9:56 PM CDT
Just glad the Medical Examiner was able to bring 27 victims back to life. 1942
May 21, 2013 1:47 PM CDT
there were chil;dren and 1 or 2 teachers in the basement of one school where they drowned due to the heavy rain that flooded in to the basement. Cellars/basements are not that easy to dig in OK, due to the layer of hard rock a few feet down from the surface. there was a 15-16 minute warning: tornadoes appear out of nowhere...and 15 minutes is not enough time to do/go anywhere.
May 21, 2013 5:03 AM CDT
If you wish to help, give to the Red Cross. Either blood or money or perhaps both. They will go alot further than some comments that will be posted.