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Officials: All Accounted for After Oklahoma Tornado

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Authorities have now accounted for the last six people -- all of them adults -- who were believed to still be missing after the massive tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb.
 
Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis says five of the six were found safe Wednesday. The other was discovered to be among the dead already accounted for by the state Medical Examiner's Office.
 
The Oklahoma medical examiner's office says it has positively identified all 24 people killed in the tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, including 10 children:
 
   -- Terri  Long, 49
 
   -- Megan Futrell, 29
 
   -- Case Futrell, 4 months
 
   -- Shannon Quick, 40
 
   -- Sydnee Vargyas, 7 months
 
   -- Karrina Vargyas, 4
 
   -- Jenny Neely, 38
 
   -- Antonia Candelaria, 9
 
   -- Kyle Davis, 8
 
   -- JaNae Hornsby, 9
 
   -- Sydney Angle, 9
 
   -- Emily Conatzer, 9
 
   -- Nicolas McCabe, 9
 
   -- Christopher Legg, 9
 
   -- Cindy Plumley, 45
 
   -- Deanna Ward, 70
 
   -- Rick Jones, 54
 
   -- William Sass, 63
 
   -- Gina Stromski, 51
 
   -- Tewauna Robinson, 45
 
   -- Randy Smith, 39
 
   -- Leslie Johnson, 46
 
   -- Hemant Bhonde, 65
 
   -- Richard Brown, 41

The cost of damage could be more than $2 billion, according to a preliminary official estimate announced Wednesday.

Oklahoma Insurance Department spokeswoman Calley Herth told The Associated Press that the early damage tally is based on visual assessments of the extensive disaster zone that stretches more than 17 miles and the fact that Monday's tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes.

The financial cost of the tornado in Moore could be greater than the $2 billion in damage from the 2011 tornado that killed 158 people in Joplin, Mo., Herth said, adding that the Joplin twister left a smaller trail of destruction.

Oklahoma City's mayor says 12,000-13,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the EF5 tornado.

Dan Ramsey, president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma, said a damage estimate in the low billions is "not surprising."

"Certainly it's in the hundreds of millions," Ramsey said. "I suppose seeing projections from similar disasters, it could stretch to a billion" or more.

Mayor Lewis said Wednesday he would propose an ordinance in the next couple of days to modify building codes to require that every new home in the town would have a reinforced tornado shelter.

Lewis said he was confident he would get the four votes he needs on the six-member council to pass the ordinance. The measure could be in force within months.

Underground safe rooms are typically built below garages and can cost around $4,000.

President Obama will visit the area this Sunday. White House spokesman Jay Carney says the president will view the tornado damage first-hand. He also plans to meet with victims and first responders.

The town of Moore is a community of 41,000 people located about 10 miles from Oklahoma City.

If you want to help victims in Oklahoma City, donate to the American Red Cross at http://redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999. Family members can all call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA or go to okstrong.ok.gov.

A local teen is also looking to help -- collecting new and gently used teddy bears for the young victims in Oklahoma.

You can drop donations off at our fundraiser with the Red Cross Wednesday.

The "In Motion Studio of Dance" on Prototype Drive in south Reno or Advanced Pediatric Therapies on Roberta Lane in Sparks.

You can also check for more drop off sites being added, or donate money online to www.redcross.org/charitable-donations

You can also show your support with the Restore Moore campaign

The website restorejoplin.com was set up after an EF 5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri in May 2011.

The group is now selling restore moore t-shirts to help those impacted. T-shirts cost $20 and the money raised benefits nonprofits in the Oklahoma City area.

This same effort raised more than $250,000 for the victims in Joplin.

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