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Officials Clarify Numbers on Oklahoma Tornado Damage

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Authorities have clarified and significantly downgraded the number of homes damaged or destroyed in this week's tornado in an Oklahoma City suburb.
 
Oklahoma City Police Department spokesman Dexter Nelson said Thursday that the most recent count indicates that 12,000 homes in the city and the suburb of Moore were affected by Monday's storm.
 
The mayor of Oklahoma City announced at a news conference Wednesday that as many as 13,000 homes had been destroyed or damaged. There was no immediate explanation for the differing estimates.
 
Nelson says authorities still believe about 33,000 people were affected by the tornado.

The first of the funerals is scheduled today following the deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
 
It will be for 9-year-old Antonia Candelaria, one of seven children who died at a destroyed elementary school. 

Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis says he'll propose an ordinance to require all new homes to have storm shelters. President Barack Obama travels to Moore on Sunday.

Emergency officials say they don't know how many Oklahoma residents have been displaced by Monday's tornado because many people have been taken in by relatives. Only two dozen or so have stayed overnight at Red Cross shelters. 
 
The powerful twister killed 24 people, including 10 children, and tore through homes, schools and a hospital. 
 
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says early estimates put losses at between $1.5 billion and $2 billion. But the Oklahoma Insurance Department says the loss could be much more.

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.

Current drop off locations are In Motion Studio of Dance at 9410 Prototype Dr, Suite 20 in South Reno and Advanced Pediatric Therapies at 1025 Roberta Lane in Sparks.  More drop off locations are being added, so please check www.yfkcares.com/bears-for-oklahoma to get a current list. You can also call 775-636-6539.

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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