MOORE — The hugs and the tears conveyed a message all too familiar for the Lambert family Monday.
Cecilia Lambert, with tears in her eyes, hopped out of her husband's pickup and rushed to hug her son, Joseph Lambert, as the family reunited in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Moore.
Lambert family members said they live in several Moore housing additions and experienced the tornado outbreak of May 3, 1999, and another on May 8, 2003.
Cecilia Lambert said she couldn't believe their city had been struck yet a third time by a deadly tornado, wreaking havoc through the city.
“I think I'm ready to move,” she said.
Joseph Lambert, 23, said he left his Oklahoma City job when he found out the tornado was headed for the Moore area. He said he gathered his wife, Virginia, and their three children and placed them in the cellar at their home.
He said he picked up his niece at a nearby middle school to make sure she was with family. He said he then went up and down his street to round up any neighbors that needed to ride out the storm underground.
“I banged on as many doors as I could,” he said.
Joseph Lambert said his next-door neighbor and several neighborhood youths joined his family in their cellar as the storm made its way through Moore.
Cecilia Lambert said she and her husband, James, knocked on their neighbors' cellar door several times, and when it didn't open, the two decided to get back in their truck and drive away from the storm.