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Mother, children survive in Harrah

Woman lived because she needed milk, was not in her destroyed mobile home.

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: May 11, 2010 at 4:24 am •  Published: May 11, 2010

HARRAH — Latrisha Riffel and her two young daughters survived Monday’s tornado because she was low on milk.

She said she walked from her mobile home over to her grandpa’s house to borrow a car to get milk.

Riffel, 23, had just returned from the store and was still at her grandpa’s house when the tornado hit.

Her brother ran in and yelled, "Everybody out! It’s here! I see the tornado,” she said Monday night at a hastily set-up shelter, Harrah Church, 101 S Dobbs Road.

She fled to her grandpa’s car with Jazmine, 9 months, and Lillie, 3. The thought was to drive away. "I couldn’t really see much of anything but stuff flying. I was concentrating on my children,” she said. "It sounded like it was on top of us.”

She huddled with her children in the back of her grandpa’s car. Her grandpa and mother were in the front seat. They couldn’t leave because a fallen tree blocked the way. Then, a car window in the back blew in.