I was watching the news and they put out the Tornado Warning for OKC... so I called my daughter and gave her the warning... "Oh Mom, we always have tornado's here"... she and her Coast Guard husband just moved there from Guam 5 months ago.
We talked for a while then she said "her Coastie came home, he sent all his shipmates home to care for their families" then while we were talking she said,, "Mom the sirens just went off, we need to get the kids in the Safe Place, bye for now.
Her bedroom closet is a solid steel structure.With terror I watched all that happened on CNN. Then Gina called me with terror in her voice and told me of their horrible half hour in the closet. The sound will never be forgotten along with the crys of her 4 small boys. They ventured out of the closet, peeking out the windows and saw the houses across the street, gone. Her yard totally full of debree.. they could not get out the front door.
Her house was spared?
"Mom, OKC is gone".... they had all of a 16 minute warning. They did have a battery radio but had no photos to confirm the devastation. The street behind them, all homes gone! The school one block away totally destroyed. Each new bit of information had her getting more and more shocked. The Medical Center where her now 2 month old was born is totally destroyed.
We did manage to speak several times but she had to conserve battery power on her cell, my heart was so grateful they were spared.
Mom we have no electric and don't know what is going on, can you send me photos or videos? I did, to her cell, from CNN and she was totally shocked... "I failed my children" she cried to me. We were told to get underground and I did not know my neighbor had an underground shelter! If our house was hit, my children!... I did all I could to calm her but I'm sure her heart is in so much pain and shock.
We have not talked this morning, again I'm sure they are trying to conserve cell battery until they can find somewhere to plug in but I know they are ok... Her husband walked to the school last night and did what he could do to help... This is just horrible.
And I worried about them while they lived in Guam, earthquakes three times a week.
Lord take care of all those poor people who have no homes, and their families are suffering.
"Thank you Lord for sparing my children"