The medical examiner has confirmed 24 people died in Monday’s devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. The information was released at a Tuesday morning news conference.
Of the dead, nine were children. Seven of those kids were found at Plaza Towers Elementary, which was leveled when the two-mile wide tornado struck Monday afternoon as children were still in school.
The tornado was on the ground for about 40 minutes and left a 22-mile path of destruction in its wake.
Officials say the number of fatalities from the storm is expected to rise as emergency crews continue to search through the rubble, hoping to find survivors.
Hundreds of people were also injured as the twister razed neighborhoods and dropped debris.
President Obama gave disaster declarations to Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie counties making federal funding available for those affected.