Re: Oklahoma City Tornados
I'm a long time reader of RedsZone, but very rarely post. The Air Force sent me to Oklahoma after graduation from Elder in 1973 and I have been living here since.
My house was in direct line with the May 3rd 1999 tornado but turned just south. I remember getting back to it about 45 minutes after that tornado and still had hail the size of silver dollars in the yard....But the house was intact except for the new roof I had to put on.
Now I live in Moore, Oklahoma, and again my house was directly in the path of an F-5. I was at work, sitting in a building without power.....My wife called my cell from her workplace to say that the kids, who also live in Moore, had left and were safe. She was watching TV and also said we no longer had a home. My mind was numb as I finally made it back; but I was surprised to see my home was still standing. Apparently the tornado decreased in size as it was moving east from 1 mile to 1/2 mile wide. That is the only thing that saved my home. I can see the debris field from my back yard.
My youngest daughter was not so lucky.....Her home wasn't flattened but is not liveable. But my family is safe.
This is a quick look at my experience. The real reason I wanted to post is to thank Edskin for his very well written and spot on snapshot of what is happening here in Oklahoma. The response is simply amazing.....But I saw the same thing in '99; and earlier in '93 while I was on a business trip to Sacramento during the San Francisco earthquake. And I truly believe that, while there is an Oklahoma Standard, the same things happened, people reaching out to help, after the Joplin tornado, Sandy, Katrina and wherever there are disasters throughout the world. Every day my faith in the human race takes a beating by constant reports of depravity.....But is restored during times of emergency as I see how people respond to those in need.
Again, thanks Edskin. And to all throughout the country, be safe and thank you for your support.
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