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Hospitals Treat Hundreds After Oklahoma Tornado

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A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition after tornado, Moore, Oklahoma. (AP) A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition after tornado, Moore, Oklahoma. (AP)
Sherry Swensk shows there are still strong storms racing across Oklahoma. Sherry Swensk shows there are still strong storms racing across Oklahoma.

MOORE, Okla. (AP) --  Hospital officials say they've treated hundreds of patients, including dozens of children, since a tornado hit an Oklahoma City suburb.

About 60 patients remained hospitalized Tuesday following Monday's tornado.

Norman Regional Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Herron says 20 of the more than 100 patients her hospital treated remain hospitalized.

Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY'-ot) says about 20 of the 90 patients seen at Integris Southwest Medical Center also remain in the hospital.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says his hospital has treated 93 people, including 59 children. Twenty remained hospitalized Tuesday, including four adults who were treated after Sunday's storms.

St. Anthony Hospital spokeswoman Sandra Payne says her hospital and affiliated facilities have seen 36 patients, including 14 children. Three children were transferred elsewhere. All other patients there were being released.

The state medical examiner's office has revised the death toll from a tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb to 24 people, including seven children.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.

Teams are continuing to search the rubble in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City, after the Monday afternoon tornado.

President Barack Obama says he is instructing his disaster response team to get tornado victims in Oklahoma everything they need "right away."

Obama calls the devastation that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs, quote, "one of the most destructive tornados in history," even though he said the extent of the damage is still unknown.

Obama spoke Tuesday after an Oval Office briefing on the latest developments from his disaster response team and as Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate was heading to Oklahoma.

Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

The president offered prayers and said there's a long road of recovery ahead. But he said the victims won't travel alone and will have the resources they need.

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