OK Death Toll Less Than Thought? Some Double Counting?

May 21, 2013


Details are still sketchy and they may remain so for awhile. But it at least appears as though the official death toll has been reduced back down to 24 – for now.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliot 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.

“It was a very eventful night,” Elliot said. “I truly expect that they’ll find more today.”

Authorities initially said as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.

via Medical examiner’s office revises death toll from Oklahoma tornado to at least 24 – The Washington Post.

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