Sign in to comment!

Fox News Weather Center

Clarifying numbers, authorities now say 1,200 homes damaged or destroyed in Oklahoma tornado

86b0edbe4618b011320f6a706700090f.jpg

Monty Montgomery surveys the scene as he prepares to clean up a friend's tornado-ravaged home Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Moore, Okla. Cleanup continues three days after a huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb, flattening a wide swath of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (The Associated Press)

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 1,200 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 monetary damage is estimated to be around $2 billion.