Authorities say 742 people with storm-related injuries were treated at hospitals across the state. At least 78 remain hospitalized Thursday night, including eight in critical condition.
There were no new reports of survivors or bodies being found amidst the debris.
President Clinton issued major disaster declarations Thursday for 11 Oklahoma counties, making those areas eligible for a variety of programs to help people and communities recover and rebuild. The counties are Caddo, Cleveland, Creek, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, Pottawatomie and Tulsa.
Gov. Frank Keating announced Thursday that he was requesting five additional counties be declared eligible for disaster assistance: Canadian, Craig, Le Flore, Noble and Ottawa.
All but six of the 100 or so individuals on Wednesday's missing persons list have been located. Most are "alive and well."
Authorities said five special search squads were established Thursday and dispatched to four or five sites where officials believed the missing people would most likely be found if they failed to escape the killer tornado. Officials declined to disclose specific locations but said they were in Bridge Creek, Midwest City, Del City, Moore and south Oklahoma City.
"Once we were able to identify ... (those) legitimately missing, we simply found out where those people lived or where they were ... and those are the areas that will be searched," Jordan said. "I'm delighted at how this missing persons process has worked. I think by morning it will be even more narrowed, and maybe we'll be at the end of this process."
Along with the good news, there was some despair.
The medical examiner's office announced one of the bodies in the morgue has been identified as 3-week-old Asheton B. Darnell of Bridge Creek.
Sadly, the announcement came at about the same time the baby's father, Deon Darnell, went on national television from his hospital bed to show photos of his baby and plead for information from anyone with knowledge about the fate of the boy who was sucked from his mother's arms.
Asheton was one of at least three on Wednesday's missing-persons list later determined to have died in the storm or its aftermath.
The medical examiner's office said it has identified all 41 bodies sent to the morgue. The names of all but one have been released by either the examiner or state funeral homes. The dead include three children.
The one victim not yet named could be Del City resident Guadalupe Urice, her husband said. Her husband, Julio Avila was rummaging through the rubble of his Del Aire neighborhood home Thursday -- like many of his neighbors.
Avila returned to his home about an hour after Monday's tornado to find a pile of debris and neighbors who told him his wife had been killed. He has taken her picture to area funeral homes and dental records to the medical examiner but continues to wait for official word.
Meanwhile, Bridge Creek firefighters and National Guardsmen spent several hours Thursday digging through debris and wading in a small pond in search of a woman thought missing since Monday night.
Dogs trained to find human remains alerted to the pond Wednesday and Thursday, but as dinnertime arrived Thursday, the search was called off. The woman had been found Monday night, but the state medical examiner's office identified her by a different last name.
At least 11 people were killed in the Bridge Creek community.
Preliminary damage estimates from Oklahoma County and city emergency management officials are that more than 9,000 homes in the metropolitan area are destroyed or damaged. Those estimates include Oklahoma City, Del City, Midwest City, Moore and Choctaw.
Moore accounts for more than half that damage.
In 10 other counties, more than 1,500 homes and mobile homes are destroyed or damaged.
The Southwestern Insurance Information Institute, a group of some of the state's largest property and casualty insurers, continues to estimate insured metro area losses at $500 million while cautioning that the figure could rise.
The Insurance Information Institute, another trade group, estimates damage in Oklahoma and Kansas from Monday's storm at about $1 billion in insured losses.
Albert Ashwood, director of the state Civil Emergency Management Department, said a disaster declaration was requested for the five new counties mainly because of the need for individual assistance.
He said Ottawa County was added to the list because of flooding resulting from a storm system that went through the area.
Decimated metro neighborhoods were alive with activity again Thursday as residents returned -- most for the second straight day -- to scavenge for heirlooms and salvageable items.
From the ground, salvage efforts appeared chaotic. Displaced Moore residents battled frustration and gawkers as they attempted to fight through two-hour traffic jams on Interstate 35 for access to their neighborhoods.
Residents trying to outsmart gawkers by slipping in back ways were frustrated by the utility trucks that blocked off side streets.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. officials estimated Thursday about 19,000 customers were still without electricity. About 5,300 Oklahoma Natural Gas customers were waiting for their gas to be restored. However, many utility customers will never be reconnected because their homes or businesses were destroyed.
The state Department of Environmental Quality said only one public water system remains out of service -- the Mulhall system, where 95 percent of the community was destroyed.
From the air, recovery efforts were evident.
Blue plastic tarps could be seen popping up on the roofs of homes that still had roofs -- albeit with gaping holes -- and people could be seen stacking splintered boards and bricks in piles.
Oklahoma County officials were turning to the local assessor's office for help in identifying specific properties and determining whether structures on their property included storm cellars or basements.
County Assessor Mike Means said his field workers could help because they were familiar with the properties from previous land value inspections. The office keeps detailed records.
In cities and communities throughout Oklahoma, residents were rolling up their sleeves, clearing up debris and taking the first tentative steps toward rebuilding.
"When we walked out in the streets Tuesday, it was so overwhelming," said Perry Patterson of Mulhall, a town of 200 in which a tornado damaged every building. "Debris was as tall as the buildings. It was like too big a job. Where do you start?
"Now we've knocked some holes in it. We can see some light at the end of the tunnel."
A new roof was being put on the Oklahoma State Bank at Mulhall, and bank President Gregg Vandaveer said it could reopen for business as early as Monday.
Engineers arrived Thursday to begin repairing the historic First United Methodist Church, which lost its steeple but withstood the brunt of the storm.
The town remained without electricity Thursday, but pastors of the towns three churches were scrambling to arrange services for Sunday. In Stroud, electricity was restored to some parts of the community Thursday. A tornado took out about four miles of power lines and poles as well as the Tanger Outlet Mall.
Power to the city's water treatment plant was restored at 6: 30 p.m. Wednesday.
In Dover, nine miles north of Kingfisher, Fire Chief Kenny Benson said cleanup could be done early next week.
A tornado ripped through that town's west and northwest sides Monday night, causing an estimated $3 million in damage to homes. The town's grade school and high school were heavily damaged.
Classes resumed Thursday.
"The kids here felt so bad because they were
wandering around town and didn't know how
to help," Benson said. "Some of them were too
young to help."
Staff writers Melissa Nelson, Christy Watson, Jack Money, Michael McNutt, Danny Boyd, Paul English, Mark Hutchison, Diana Baldwin, Bobby Ross Jr., Bob Vandewater and Andrea Perrin contributed to this report.