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Q.C. Native Lives Near Oklahoma Tornado Destruction

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   There's definitely going to be a long road to recovery for people in Moore, Oklahoma.  One Quad Cities native who now lives in the Oklahoma City area not far from where the deadly tornado struck on Monday shares his accounts of the extreme weather. 
     The massive tornado could be seen for miles. Jacob Horton just moved to the Oklahoma City from the Quad Cities in March. He experienced baseball size hail and had to take cover Monday afternoon. Horton could tell from a distance that the storm was tearing apart the nearby community.
     "Started off pretty calm. Almost as calm as it is now actually. Then it got real dark. One side of the sky was real dark and the other real light and off in the distance you could see the clouds start to twist a little bit. Could could hear the intensity of it and we're almost five or six miles away from where it was, but it was so loud off in the distance. Now everybody is rushing to Moore. You can hear sirens and see a couple helicopters in the distance and everybody is just focusing on Moore right now," said Horton.
     While local first responders are still assessing the damage and working on recovery efforts disaster assistance agencies are mobilizing. Representatives for the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities area say they expect to hear how they'll be assisting soon.
     "They'll start to figure out what their needs are then they'll put the call out. If there's a need for our volunteers who are specially trained. They'll say we need volunteers for mobile feeding. We need volunteers for sheltering mental health workers or health workers," said Kasey Kelly.
     She says they best way to help at this point is to make a monetary donation to the Disaster Relief Fund, that way the agency can use it to get exactly what is needed to those areas. You can CLICK HERE to go to the website or text "Redcross" to 90999 to give $10.

 

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