Death toll in Oklahoma tornado now at 51

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - UPDATE:

Officials at two hospitals say they've been treating more than 140 patients, including about 70 children, since a massive tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City.

Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY'-ot) says nine of 57 patients who are being treated at the Integris Southwest Medical Center were listed in critical condition after Monday afternoon's tornado. Nineteen were in serious condition and 29 were listed in fair or good condition.

She said five of the patients were children who have since been treated and released.

OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says his hospital and a nearby children's hospital are treating approximately 85 patients, including 65 children.

He said those patients ranged from minor injuries to critical condition.

For ways to help tornado victims you can visit the Red Cross' website at http://www.redcross.org/support.

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The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says 37 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.

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UPDATE: Volunteers, first responders looking through debris for survivors in Oklahoma City suburb

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A mix of volunteers and first responders are combing through debris in an Oklahoma City suburb looking for survivors.

The city of Moore, Okla., was hit by a mile-wide tornado on Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service says it had winds up to 200 mph.

People wearing neon-green vests were joined by residents in the search through rubble. Neighborhoods are flattened and homes blown apart. Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore.

Hospitals are treating nearly 60 injured, including more than a dozen children.

The National Weather Service says the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., had wind speeds up to 200 mph.

White House officials says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had called Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to tell her that President Barack Obama has directed federal emergency management officials and his administration to ensure no needs go unmet.

The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches in six states this evening: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois.

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NEW: Kids rescued from rubble at Okla. elementary

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Several children have been pulled out of the rubble alive at a school in an Oklahoma City suburb.

An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday after a massive tornado hit the region.

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.

The school is southwest of Oklahoma City. Its roof appears mangled and the walls had fallen in or had collapsed.

The National Weather Service said the tornado's preliminary classification was an EF-4, with winds up to 200 mph.

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