But Tuesday morning brought something of a silver lining, when officials announced confusion had led them to report a much higher number of victims than originally suspected.
“We have got good news. The number right now is 24,” Amy Elliott, the chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office, said in a televised press conference.
"There was a lot of chaos,” she said.
Elliott explained the "silver lining" came as a result of some "difference in the calls that had been reported to us and the decedents we actually received."
"Fewer losses is better, of course," Elliott told the Los Angeles Times.
"It was a very eventful night," she added, explaining that downed communication lines only exacerbated the chaos.
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