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Oklahoma tornadoes: Six May 20 tornado rumors corrected

As Oklahomans emerged from the rubble Monday afternoon, many details of what happened were unclear. Here are a few corrections to rumors that spread during the aftermath.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: May 26, 2013
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4. The Red Cross is only helping those affected by storms in Moore. Teams have been dispatched in Carney, Bethel Acres, Little Axe, Newcastle, Norman, Oklahoma City and Shawnee. Volunteers have been in other communities, too.

5. The death toll was 51, and as many as 40 more bodies had yet to be identified. The total is 24. There was miscommunication immediately after the storm among law enforcement, funeral homes and the state medical examiner.

6. A dog stood guard at his owner's body until rescuers arrived. This story is partly true. An Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy found a collie mix guarding the body of a man killed in the tornado Monday. The deputy was able to coax the dog into his care, and he took the dog to an emergency animal shelter. The sheriff's office posted a photo of the dog standing guard, and it went viral. The sister of the dog's owner contacted them. Wednesday, the dog and her owner were reunited. No one knows how the dog ended up a half a mile from its home and why she stood sentinel at the body of a man she did not know.

Contributing: Staff Writer Julianna Keeping