Oklahoma officials lower storm death toll to 2

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma officials revised the state's storms death toll from five to two Tuesday after learning three critically injured children had survived.

The children were injured Monday at a residence near Norman along with their 27-year-old mother, who died, Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michelann Ooten. The children were taken to one hospital, then quickly transferred to another hospital.

A miscommunication occurred when relatives called the first hospital to check on the children and emergency management officials were later told the children had died, Ooten said.

"The good news is the children are still alive, although they are in critical condition," she said Tuesday night.

Ooten said officials re-examined their reports after county officials disputed the fatality count.

"We started to figure out that the numbers weren't adding up, so we started sifting through the information," Ooten said.

They determined the mother and a 41-year-old man in Oklahoma City were killed in the storm, she said.

"Working with the medical examiner and the Health Department, we sifted through all the reports and we couldn't locate a death involving a child related to the storms," she said. "We're trying to figure out how this happened and will work to keep it from happening in the future.

"We're glad the children are alive, but we still want to be accurate."

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