Oklahama tornado search is ending
The search for survivors in the wreckage left by the disastrous tornado that leveled much of the Oklahoma suburb of Moore is almost at an end, said officials Wednesday. Moore fire chief Gary Bird said he was almost certain there were no more bodies or survivors left in the rubble. Preliminary figures released by the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner are 24 confirmed dead including 9 children, who were pulled out of the Plaza Towers Elementary School, one of the worst-hit buildings. President Barack Obama declared Moore, population 50,000, a major disaster area mandating federal aid to supplement state and local efforts.