Three Children Among Five Dead in Oklahoma After Tornado Outbreak

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0  Updated at 5:35 am, April 16th, 2012 By: ABC Digital
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Julie Denesha/Getty ImagesUPDATE: ABC News has learned of another fatality in Woodward, Okla., bringing the death toll up to six.

(WOODWARD, Okla.) — Three children under the age of 10 are among the five found dead in Woodward, Okla., after violent storms ripped through several states in the nation’s mid-section.

Even as crews worked to clean up the damage across the region on Sunday, residents braced for more violent weather that was in the forecast.  Three new tornado warnings were issued until 11 p.m. that included Minneapolis; Little Rock, Ark.; and St. Louis.

The threat across the region Sunday also included possible hailstorms, forecasters said.

Along with the five fatalities, 29 people suffering from cuts and bruises to serious injuries were taken to Woodward Regional Hospital, according to officials.

Woodward City Manager Alan Riffel said the twister knocked out a transmitter that should have sent out warning sirens.

“Most people were in bed and without warning, it came through,” Riffel said.

Officials are still searching for bodies.

“We’ve had a fatality number of five and we don’t expect to find more, but we’re not stopping the search now,” Riffel said.

From Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, there were more than 120 reports of tornadoes since Saturday.

Residents were warned this weekend about the outbreak of violent weather, which forecasters predicted as potentially “life-threatening.”

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