EDMOND — UPDATE AS OF 8:30 P.M.:
Gov. Mary Fallin said President Barack Obama has called her this afternoon to offer his condolences to the state and gave a promise of aid. The governor also said she has requested emergency response aid from other states to help in search and rescue/recovery efforts.
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office stated the official death toll is now at 51 fatalities. More fatalities could be reported before the evening is out as rescuers continue to check homes with shelters that were in the path of Monday afternoon's tornado. A preliminary search has been conducted from Interstate 44 into areas of Oklahoma City.
Jim Wynn of EMSA says they have transported up to 100 patients to area hospitals at this point.
The situation in Moore remains extremely dangerous due to downed power lines, ruptured gas lines and hazards from such a large amount of debris. Officials are not allowing residents back into damaged areas yet this evening due to these hazards.
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at St. Andrews Church, S.W. 119th St. and South May Avenu in Moore. The City of Oklahoma City also is using this as a reunification locaiton, according to the Red Cross. The National Red Cross will mobilize at least 20 response vehicles for distributing food and relief items by morning.
OU Medical Center is reporting that is has received 20 adults and 65 children for care in its Level 1 Trauma Center as well as at nearby Children's Hospital. All personnel have been called in to respond to the situation and OU Medical Center-Edmond is poised to receive any additional patients through the evening. For those who have been taken to OU Medical Center or Children's, a family information center has been set up at The Vose Auditorium at OU Medical Center, N.E. 13th St. and Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.