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Oklahoma Tornado Claims 51 Lives as Search and Rescue Continues

Oklahoma Tornado Claims 51 Lives as Search and Rescue Continues

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Parents and guardians of children whose elementary schools were damaged in the deadly tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area are hoping for happy reunions.

At least 20 children are among the more than 51 reported dead so far in Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb ravaged Monday afternoon by a tornado with winds up to 200 mph. Officials say the death toll could rise by as many as 40.

Many parents seeking their children gathered at a suburban church, listening intently as someone with a bullhorn called out the names of children who were being dropped off. For many families, the ordeal ended in tears of joy. Others were left to wait in the darkness, hoping for good news while fearing the worst.

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