Amid Storms' Destruction, Tales of Miracles and Hope

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The death toll is still rising after vicious twisters tore through the South and Midwest on Friday.

The number of people killed by the storms that devastated five states now stands at 39. Rescuers went door-to-door in rural areas over the weekend searching for missing people.

Yet in spite of the destruction, there were miracles and hope.

Members of the First Baptist Church in Henryville, Ind., gathered to worship the Lord Sunday morning in one of the few buildings still standing.

"My hope is in You Lord, all the day long. I won't be shaken by drought or storm," the congregation sang.

Much of their town is destroyed. The local high school is a field of debris.

"It's absolutely devastating. I think we're all still in shock. We just don't know really where to begin," resident Melody Gayle said.

The entire Babcock family of Pekin, Ind., was killed in the storms -- a father, mother, and their children, including 14-month-old, Angel, who was taken off life support late Sunday.

"Outside these walls, there's still a lot of confusion, a lot of chaos and a lot of loss," Cade Campbell, the church's associate pastor, said.

In the midst of such loss, the people still recognized divine protection.

"This tornado was huge and hundreds of people should have lost their lives, and yet that's not the case," Pastor Toby Jenkins said.

On Sunday night, a winter storm system moved through Henryville. Tornado-ravaged residents now have to deal with snow that could hinder the town's cleanup.

In West Liberty, Ky., a woman said she prayed fervently that the approaching tornado would go away. Her house was spared, but much of the town was not.

Across the Midwest, tornadoes leveled many homes. In Tellico Plains, Tenn., the town is picking up after a 300-yard-wide twister left enormous destruction.

"We're a town, but really we're kind of just acting like a family right now and taking care of things," Brittany Kirkland said.

A tornado sucked out three children from the Stevens' home in Charlotte, N.C. All three were were hospitalized, but miraculously none had serious injuries.

The doctors even gave the kids a special nickname.

"They looked at them and couldn't believe it," Tyrone Stevens, the children's father, said. "They called them 'miracle babies.'"

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