More Than 100 Survivors Pulled From Debris Overnight
MOORE, Okla. (CBS Houston/AP) — There have been glimmers of hope despite the carnage a deadly tornado left behind in Moore, Okla., Monday.
Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb tells CBS News that 101 survivors were found overnight in the debris the twister left in its wake.
“I have faith we’re going to find survivors today,” Lamb says.
The state medical examiner’s office has revised the death toll to 24 people, including seven children.
Spokeswoman Amy Elliot said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.
Teams were continuing to search the rubble in Moore, 10 miles south of Oklahoma City, after the Monday afternoon tornado.
The storm stripped leaves off trees and left scores of blocks barren and dark. Rescuers walked through neighborhoods where Monday’s powerful twister flattened home after home, listening for voices calling out from the rubble. A helicopter buzzed above, shining lights on crews below.
By early Tuesday, the community of 41,000 people braced for another long, harrowing day.
“As long as we are here … we are going to hold out hope that we will find survivors,” said Trooper Betsy Randolph, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
CBS News reports that 236 people were injured, including about 50 children.
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