EDMOND — "I was freaking out,” said Jessica Daniels, a woman in her ninth month of pregnancy who weathered the tornado in the Oak Tree addition while having contractions. Daniels, her husband, Steve, and their 17-month-old daughter, Reese, sought safety in a hallway at the Oak Tree Country Club. Tuesday’s tornado plowed through the golf course, tearing apart trees like paper. "The ceiling tiles were lifting,” Daniels said. "You could feel the air. It took about 30 seconds.” After the storm passed, Daniels and her family made it back to their Oak Tree home at 317 Oak Summit Road. Then, a report of a possible second tornado sent them across the street to a safe room at neighbor Julie LeBlanc’s home.
Baby wasn’t dueThe contractions continued. So did her worries, because her baby is going to have to be delivered by Caesarean section. She is scheduled to have her son Friday. "I was scared,” Daniels said. "I was more nervous because I knew no one could deliver my baby. The roads were covered with bricks and debris. I didn’t know how I was going to get out. It was shocking.” The Edmond Police Department had Sgt. Jeff Richardson standing by just in case Daniels needed to go to the hospital. LeBlanc said she kept giving Daniels water and tried to calm her down. LeBlanc had just arrived home with her four children, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, when the tornado hit, breaking windows, tearing down fences and destroying the landscaping. "It was very scary,” LeBlanc said. "I just saw my neighbor’s home demolished.” Richardson did what he could. "I just tried to help calm her down,” Richardson said. "I kept her company and made her as secure as possible.” Fortunately, Daniels said, she didn’t need the sergeant’s help delivering her baby Tuesday night. "It made me feel better that if I needed to get out, he was there,” she said. "It was very, very kind.”