LONE GROVE — Wes Pack, a student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, was at a restaurant Tuesday night in Oklahoma City with his girlfriend Ashley Johnson.
She looked at a television and noticed Carter County had a tornado warning. Pack saw the path was aimed at his parent’s home in Majestic Hills, northeast of Lone Grove just outside Ardmore. He called his mother, Susan Pack, who alerted her husband, Rick.
They rushed to their shelter and were joined there by six neighbors.
An EF-4 tornado, with winds estimated by the National Weather Service at 180 mph to 185 mph, destroyed their two-story home and other homes in Majestic Hills.
"He saved our lives,” Rick Pack said of his son’s phone call.
The first National Weather Service severe thunderstorm warning including Carter County, which mentioned the possibility of tornadoes, was issued 62 minutes before the deadly tornado hit Lone Grove, according to the weather service.
The first tornado warning including Carter County was issued 40 minutes before the strike.
Survivors in southern Oklahoma told National Weather Service meteorologists of various ways they received warnings.
Larry Emerson, who lives three miles west of Lone Grove, and his wife, Melanie, were watching TV weather coverage until the power went out.