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Oklahoma tornadoes: Carney residents describe damage as 'unreal'

At least 20 houses destroyed in small Lincoln County town.
by Adam Kemp Modified: May 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm •  Published: May 20, 2013

— Ida Clark knew the tree beside her house was gone when she smelled pecans.

The 40-foot-tall pecan tree and the roof of the home she has lived in for 50 years were destroyed by a Sunday evening tornado that tore through this small Lincoln County town.

Twenty houses were destroyed and 12 others damaged by the nearly mile-wide twister.

Six people were transported to Stillwater Medical Center with non-life-threatening injures.

Clark, 85, said she and her son watched as the tornado passed nearby Luther and they decided to take no chances.

“Get in the cellar,” she said she yelled at her son. “What do you do? It's sad, but there ain't nothing you can do about it. Just try and redo.”

Down the street, Janee Keiser, 66, was sifting through what remained of her home.

She said she and her 84-year-old mother took shelter, but their cellar door was ripped off as the tornado passed overhead.

“Talk about luck, I should have played the lottery yesterday,” Keiser said. “It's heartbreaking, but we are all OK, and that's really what's important.”

Survivors gathered at the Carney Fire Station. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, local police and firemen, and several National Guardsmen combed through wreckage to see if anyone was trapped.

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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