Massive tornado in Oklahoma City suburb causes destruction

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MOORE, Okla. (AP) –¬†Casualty numbers are starting to come in from the Oklahoma City area, where a monstrous tornado has left a scene of devastation.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office says 51 people have been killed. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is expected to rise agains. She says children are among those killed.

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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