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Oklahoma tornadoes: Oklahoma City resident shoots harrowing tornado video

When tornado sirens went off Monday, many Oklahomans headed for their cellars. South Oklahoma City resident Joshua Stacey went up to his roof instead.
by Randy Ellis Published: May 25, 2013

When tornado sirens went off Monday, many Oklahomans headed for their cellars. South Oklahoma City resident Joshua Stacey headed for his roof instead.

While not recommended, his decision led to some stunning video.

Stacey, a 28-year-old Marine combat veteran, said he had just awakened from a nap and sat down to eat some eggs when the power went out and the sirens sounded.

Stacey glanced outside and saw some ugly-looking clouds.

“I had no idea there was a tornado in the area,” said Stacey, who lives at 2533 SW 149.

So Stacey walked out on his balcony, hopped up on the roof and began shooting video with his iPhone.

Stacey's comments on the video relate his experience as Monday's killer tornado headed his direction:

“Oh, this might be headed straight for us here,” he says about 25 seconds into the video.

“Yeah, this was a bad idea,” he says a little later, followed by, “Oh, come on. Miss us,” and “Oh, man, my poor truck.”

Stacey hopped off his roof and headed for cover.

“I grabbed my dog and lunged through the living room,” Stacey recalled Friday.

Stacey said his actions gained urgency as a portion of his roof flew off and a fiber board panel thudded against the wall of his garage, sticking in the wall.

“I pretty much threw my dog in the cellar and nose-dove in after him,” he said, adding the tornado passed within about 300 meters of his house.

Stacey says the experience was “intense,” but not as scary as some of the firefights he was in during two deployments in Afghanistan.

“I pretty much had to change my drawers after firefights,” he laughed.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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Oh, this might be headed straight for us here. ... Yeah, this was a bad idea. ... Oh, come on. Miss us. ... Oh, man, my poor truck.”

Joshua Stacey,
Excerpts from

the Oklahoma City resident's harrowing video

of Monday's tornado


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