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May 21st, 2013
08:15 AM ET

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb on search and rescue efforts: 'We always have hope'

As the death toll reaches 51 and is expected to climb, Oklahoma Lieutuenant Governor Todd Lamb remarks on the rescue and recovery efforts. "We always have hope. We always have faith," he says. "And we'll continue to hope that we find life this morning and throughout the day."

Lieutenant Governor Lamb explains that there was an adequate warning system in place before the tornado struck and fair warning for potential tornadic activity from meteorologists. While those who have lost a loved one may not think so, Governor Lamb says, "The tornado sirens were activated. They went off very loudly, very audibly." But the focus is now on search and rescue efforts.

He puts the devastation in perspective, describing the tornado as a "two-mile-wide lawnmower blade going over a community...It's significant and the clean-up will be for some time."

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