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May 20, 2013

Tornado tears through county



As for Sunday night, Lastinger said he had a friend bringing him a tent and a generator to keep out on the property for as long as it’s needed.

“It happens. It’s never happened to me, but now it has,” he said.

His neighbor’s home also was hit. Bobby Wilkinson and daughter, Jessica, were assessing damage and salvaging what they could Sunday evening with help from family and friends. The family sought shelter at Country Boy grocery store minutes before the tornado tore their home up.

“We looked to see what direction it was coming and we went the opposite direction to the grocery store, where it hit a few years ago,” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson picked up his mother-in-law, Ruth Price, from her home on Indian Hills Road before they sought shelter.

“We don’t even know if I have a truck anymore or if my mom’s house is still there,” Wilkinson said.

The family couldn’t get to Price’s home because of all the roads closed in the area.

Wilkinson and his family have lived in the area for about 25 years and have seen some tornado damage before but nothing like what happened Sunday night. That’s not going to scare them from the area, though.

“We’re going to rebuild, start over,” he said. “The worse thing is getting it all cleaned up and we need to get a place for storage.”

Another family living near Franklin Road heard a little bit of the storm pass over while they were in their storm shelter.

“We could see debris flying in the air and my husband said he could kind of hear a train sound,” resident Tracey Coon said. “But we’re all safe and sound.”

The initial rotation lowered on Alameda Street between 36th Avenue and 48th Avenue before it touched down on the northeast side of Lake Thunderbird, just north of Little Axe, according to scanner reports. Television footage shot from a helicopter showed what appeared to be a tornado crossing over Lake Thunderbird before heading northeast.

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