The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says at least 24 people have been killed by a tornado that hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is expected to rise. Elliott didn't know how many of those killed were children.
Meanwhile, officials at two hospitals say they're treating more than 140 patients, including about 70 children.
The OU Medical Center says its treating about 85 patients, including 65 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.
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Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in the suburbs of Oklahoma City. The Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., took a direct hit as a massive tornado flattened entire neighborhoods. Rescue workers lifted children from the rubble before they were passed down a human chain and taken to a triage center set up in the school's parking lot.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this article)