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Jun 1, 2013 5:58 PM by Monica Gouty

9 deaths confirmed in Oklahoma following latest storms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - At least nine people have died in the Oklahoma City area after a violent burst of tornadoes and thunderstorms overnight.

The state Medical Examiner's Office says nine fatalities have been confirmed, including two children and seven adults.

Hospital officials said more than 100 people were hurt during Friday night storms that hit at rush hour, trapping many people in their cars along Interstate 40.

National Weather Service meteorologists say it's unclear how many tornadoes touched down Friday evening. Dozens of tornado warnings were issued across the Midwest, including Oklahoma and Missouri, as a large storm front moved through the region.

Forecasters say a cold front will move through the Plains and Midwest today, lessening the chances for severe weather.

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