Moore Resident: 'We Are Going to Survive This'

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MOORE, Okla. -- Help is pouring in from all corners of the world for victims of the Oklahoma tornado. The massive storm left 24 people dead.
  
Two days after the twister turned the city of Moore upside down, emotions are still running high.

"I bawled all morning," Moore resident Beth Vrooman said. "I was good yesterday. I bawled all morning, and now I'm on the upside."
    
The loss from the F-5 tornado proved more costly than homes and buildings.
    
"How are your neighbors?" CBN News's John Jessup asked Vrooman.

"Some of them didn't make it," she replied. "Some of them are in the hospital."
    
While city and law enforcement officials cordoned off areas to keep residents safe, people like Vrooman returned to their homes, sifting through rubble for anything they can salvage.
    
The search was made more difficult because not everything in Vrooman's home belongs to her -- like the jeep sitting right in the middle of what used to be her living room.

"I don't know where it came from," she said.

When the tornado came barreling through Vrooman's neighborhood, she took cover in a shelter. It saved her life. But her friends say she was concerned after the storm cleared whether she'd be able to make it out alive.

Moore's neighbor, Nicole Johnson, recalled her asking God to "'give me the strength to get out of here. Give me the strength to open this door.' She said she was pushing and pushing and pushing and she got it open just enough to barely crawl out."
    
Emergency crews have checked damaged property at least three times. With each passing day, the hunt for possible survivors grows dimmer.
    
But still, there are stories of hope.

Residents say that while Briarwood Elementary -- one of the two schools in Moore that took a direct hit -- was destroyed, all the students who were in the school made it out alive.
    
Now this community, which survived tragedy before, is once again bound by its unwavering spirit to overcome.

"I love America," Vrooman said. "And we're going to survive this, and we're strong."

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