In the 2 mile radius tornado that rocked the small town of Moore in Oklahoma, Monday afternoon, it is presumed that 91 people, including small children, are dead.
CNN reports, The official death toll stood at 51 Tuesday morning, but a coroner’s office official said some 40 bodies have yet to be processed by medical examiners — roughly half of them children. More bodies could be hidden under the vast debris field, authorities warned.
Hundreds of people were injured.
Firefighters, police, National Guard members and volunteers worked by flashlight overnight and into Tuesday morning, crawling across piles of debris in a determined search for survivors and victims. Air National Guard members brought in thermal imaging equipment to aid in the work.
“We’re a tough state. This is a tough community,” Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb told CNN on Tuesday. “There is hope. We always have hope. We always have faith.”
At this time, there are searches that have continued to go under way to find more missing people. Close to 40,000 others, whose lives were speared, are without power and helping those who have been devastated and have loss loved ones throughout this tragedy.
We keep Oklahoma in our prayers.