The Norman Transcript


May 21, 2013

Tornado rekindles nightmare storm of 1999



Seals said first responders were digging employees out of the 7-11 and “there was blood all over them.”

“It’s much worse than the May 3 tornado,” Seals said. “The tornado was on the ground for about 20 minutes.”

An employee of Target in Moore said they took shelter in the freezers, one of the safest places in the building.

“We heard extreme wind and things hitting the walls,” Target employee Brett Hall said. “There were three tornado warnings, so we kept getting back into the freezers and then, after a while, we eventually came out.”

Hall said a family came into Target after the tornado to get something to drink. The family had three or four kids in Briarwood and their son had been trapped under a wall, Hall said.

A command center for first responders to check in was set up at Home Depot on SW 19th Street and South Telephone Road. An emergency management official said they were using the area for first responders to come check in and then send them out to areas they were most needed.

The official said they were receiving mutual aid from a lot of different agencies, including Guthrie, Piedmont, Purcell, Norman, Mustang, Del City, Crescent, Choctaw and many others.

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