Death toll in Oklahoma storms rises to 18

2013-06-03T20:06:00Z 2013-06-04T11:35:54Z Death toll in Oklahoma storms rises to 18 nwitimes.com
June 03, 2013 8:06 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY | Four more deaths are being attributed to the tornadoes and flooding last week in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma medical examiner's office said Monday that 18 people died as a result of the powerful storms that swept through the Oklahoma City area late Friday. The previous death toll had been 14.

Spokeswoman Amy Elliott said the dead include 12 adults and six children. Seven remain unidentified.

The National Weather Service says five tornadoes touched down Friday, along with heavy rain that caused widespread flooding. Some victims have been difficult to find because their bodies floated away.

Among those killed were storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and colleague Carl Young. They were killed in the tornado that struck El Reno.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department says a 34-year-old woman remains missing.

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