The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 21, 2013

Voices from the scene — ‘Everything came down on top of me’

MOORE, Okla. —  “I was just in the shower when it hit. Everything came down on top of me. Rubble was just on top of me. I was yelling for my mom and my handicapped little brother. He was right next to her. Once I pulled myself out, I found them in lying in the middle of the kitchen. My mom was holding onto my brother’s hand.”

— Shawn Wilson

“Every tornado season it goes north of us for years. I was in the May 3rd (1999) tornado with some babies. And I told my husband I will never go through another tornado season without a shelter. And I got it. And we really haven’t needed it until today. Thank the Good Lord I got it.”

— Unidentified resident

“I took off for Fourth street. When I got to the corner of Sunnylane, traffic was going every direction. I took off South. When I turned around,. the tornado was right in front of me.

— Unidentified resident

“Went to shelter next door. You could feel it above you. It was crazy. Our dog is gone. She is somewhere. She is dead. We didn’t even think it was going to(get) near us so we were outside watching it. We dug an old lady out of (of the debris in) my neighborhood. She was under all that stuff with a bike helmet on. She had pillows all over her.”

— Boo Thompson, OU football walk-on

“We were in that storm shelter. We could feel it. I was like I don’t want to open the door back up. I know I make humor out of it. Always try to keep a smile on your face. You can cry over spilt milk I guess, but there is nothing you can do about it. Just call State Farm. This is bizarre. Somebody called my cell phone. I work grave yard. My son came in and said there is somebody on your phone. I get to my phone and there is nobody there. I was asleep. Then my son turned the TV on and we saw there was a tornado.”

— Ron Myers

“Mom (Maria Young) had a broken leg. Little brother don’t know. He’s disabled. We are going to try and get them to the hospital. This me and my mom’s house. We are lucky to be alive. I wasn’t here. I am glad.”

— Unidentified resident

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