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Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb. As the sun rose over the shattered community of Moore, the state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm that struck Monday afternoon. Downed communication lines and problems sharing information with officers exacerbated the problem, she said. A woman is pulled out from under the rubble in Moore, Oklahoma, Monday, May 20, 2013 after a tornado with an initial classification of EF-4 struck the town. Moore police dig through the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School. Two men attempt to pry open a door on this car to check for victims in a business parking lot west of I-35 south of 4th Street in Moore.

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A tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. Rescuers lift an injured survivor from the rubble a structure in the aftermath of the huge tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday. A U.S. flag lies across an overturned car in the aftermath of a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.

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When Lindsay Carter heard on the radio that a violent storm was approaching her rural Oklahoma neighborhood, she gathered her belongings and fled. When she returned, there was little left. Sunday's tornado that tore part of the roof from Carter's frame house -- one of few such homes in the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park near Shawnee -- laid waste to many of her neighbors' places, and killed two people and injured several others. "Trees were all gone. I walked further down and all those houses were gone," she said of her return home to the neighborhood. The tornado was one of several that touched down Sunday in the nation's midsection, concentrating damage in central Oklahoma and Wichita, Kan. Two people were killed in or near the mobile home park, which is outside of Shawnee, a community about 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. At least 39 people throughout Oklahoma were injured, according to the state's emergency management director, Albert Ashwood. The National Weather Service was forecasting more of the same for the region -- including Oklahoma City and Tulsa -- Monday afternoon and evening, warning of the possibility of tornadoes and baseball-sized hail. Residents of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri were also warned to watch for bad weather Monday.

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Yesterday afternoon, a monster tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City. The twister, with winds of at least 200 mph, traveled for 20 miles, leaving a two-mile-wide path of destruction, flattening homes, smashing vehicles, and killing at least 91 people, 20 of them children. This is a developing story, and the photos will be updated later today. A massive tornado moves past homes in Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday, May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as a mile (1.6 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in MooreA fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma, following a tornado, on May 20, 2013.

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A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise. A child is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in following a tornado. Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day care center and destroyed barns, Monday, May 20, 2013 in Moore, Okla. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. Sydney Whittaker salvages items from Trends Salon on Monday.

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A powerful tornado swept through an Oklahoma City suburb tearing down blocks of homes, two schools and leaving at least 91 people dead, including 20 children, local officials said. The state medical examiner's office released the latest death toll but the number was climbing rapidly, as emergency crews combed through smashed homes and the collapsed remains of an elementary school in Moore, Oklahoma. Stunned weather forecasters reported a two-mile (three-kilometer) wide swath of vicious winds, and television news helicopters tracked a dark funnel plowing through densely-packed suburbs. Above, a child is passed along a human chain of people after being pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. We've had a massive tornado, a huge one that has passed through this community, Oklahoma's Governor Mary Fallin told a news conference. We know there are a lot of injuries. We know we've lost a tremendous amount of structures throughout this community and throughout the state, she said, as the Moore police chief urged people to leave the area.

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Images in the aftermath of a tornado that tore through Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday afternoon show a wide swath of destruction in this suburb south of Oklahoma City. At least 91 people have been killed, including 20 children, state officials said. Another 143 others have been injured.

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Over the past week, dozens of tornadoes have touched down in the plains states, from Texas to Illinois, and more turbulent weather is expected. Late last week, 16 twisters tore through parts of north Texas, killing at least six people. Over the weekend, more tornadoes in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa caused damage, injuries and another two deaths. The National Weather Service forecasts extreme weather throughout the same areas today, bringing hail, lightning, and still further extreme weather. Lightning from a tornadic thunderstorm passing over Clearwater, Kansas strikes in an open field, on May 19, 2013. A massive storm front swept north through the central United States on Sunday, hammering the region with fist-sized hail, blinding rain and tornadoes, including a half-mile wide twister that struck near Oklahoma City. A damaged house, after tornadoes swept through Hood County, Texas. A flag flies in the debris of a mobile home after a tornado struck a mobile home park near Dale, Oklahoma.

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