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Five twisters tore through the Oklahoma City area Friday night, killing nine and injuring more than 100. Now a state already ravaged by an EF5 tornado less than two weeks ago has to clean up again.
The nightmare won’t seem to end.
Deadly tornadoes tear through central Oklahoma again.
“We took off to Norman, and then we get to Norman and then they say that it’s going through Norman,” says Sharon Swear, a tornado survivor, “So we turned around and came back and had to go, like 5-10 miles all the way back in, the wind was blowing, it was hailing.”
Now residents have to face their homes destroyed by the monster.
“It’s sobering, you think you know what it is but words can’t describe whenever you walk in your parents house,” says Kris Meritt, who recently cleaned up his own house in Moore and is now helping his parents clean up in El Reno.
The National Weather Service says an EF3 ripped through neighborhoods in El Reno, Oklahoma, less than 40 miles from Moore.
El Reno Mayor Matt White says police and emergency workers have done a great job so far.
“We’re working real good together, we’ve been a real good team effort to get this thing done, I want to thank all the first responders and sheriff’s dept for helping coordinate all this,” White says.
The twisters also hit the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
“We have a corner of our building where the roof kind of was blown away and we have a little waterfall inside the terminal building,” says airport spokesperson Karen Carney. “We had one airline, Southwest Airlines, the plane moved, was blown into a jet bridge so it has sustained a little bit of damage.”
As cleanup continues, victims must face the next daunting task – becoming normal again.
“I’m ready to try to get back to some kind of normalcy, be able to sleep in a bed and have what little stuff that I do have left, have it back altogether in one place,” says tornado survivor Dawn Melvin.
Officials say the worry now is flash flooding. Last month was the wettest May on record for Oklahoma City.