"And Then I Started Crying. I Said, 'This Is Not Right ... .'"
"I think it was close to 7:30. And God, it just hit. It was so loud. It was so much louder than the last time," said Johnson, who lives on Windermere Drive, north of 12th Street between Janeway and Santa Fe.
She said her husband and her 19- year-old son held tight to the door.
"We came out and noticed we had tons of debris all over our yard and some rafters impaled in our lawn. And our house was just covered with mud. And to the west, it was just rubble.
"And then I started crying. I said, 'This is not right ... .'
"And I am so fortunate that my family is safe and we have a roof over our head," Johnson said.
"I actually started crying, because I saw what happened. It just tore me up."
Johnson said neighbors came running, asking for anyone who could do CPR in an area about a block away.
"My husband, Nelson, went down there ... it's about a block away from us. There's nothing. It's just lumber," Johnson said.
"We went down there, because they said they needed anybody who could do CPR. So, he ran down, and I don't know the exact status, but we're a little bit scared that there's people dead and maybe a little girl," Johnson said.
A house was burning.
"We can't get out of the neighborhood. They've got it completely
shut down," Johnson said about
"When the Lights Went
Off, I Was Just Waiting
for the Roof
to Peel Off."
Linda and Keith Plunkett's Moore home survived the torrent. Linda Plunkett rode out the tornado in her home's bathtub, listening to storm reports on a battery- powered radio.
"I'd been watching it since Chickasha. When they mentioned it was in Newcastle and then Southwest 149th Street, I started to get a little shaky. Then they said it turned left, and they mentioned 89th Street -- we live off of 89th and Bryant -- I knew it was just a few miles away. I thought we were directly in its path.
"I grabbed our dogs and shoved them into the bathroom. I got in the bathtub with the radio and covered up with a comforter. When the lights went off, I was just waiting for the roof to peel off.
"I could hear the hail and wind, debris hitting the rooftop. It didn't sound like a train; it just sounded like a loud, roaring wind. But it seemed like it lasted only a few seconds."
The storm blew down their fences and tore shingles off the roof. Debris, including children's clothing, was strewn in the Plunketts' back yard.
"Some neighbors were walking around and said there were duplexes two blocks away that were destroyed, and there were some dead dogs in the street," Linda Plunkett said.
No power, but the phones are working. Friends called all evening to see if they were OK.
Plunkett works as a dental hygienist in Moore. "I'm not sure I'll have a place to return to work tomorrow.
"God had all of us on this street
in His hands," Plunkett said.
"I Just Pray
Everyone's All Right."
Mel Stinnett sat in the dark late Monday, thankful the storm spared his family in Newalla. But Stinnett was worried about another family -- his church family in Midwest City.
"My power's out, but things there are so much worse," said Stinnett, an elder at Eastside Church of Christ in Midwest City. "We've tried and tried to check on people, older people especially, but the phones are all down."
Stinnett said he didn't know if the church at 916 S Douglas Blvd. had sustained damage. He was more worried about its hundreds of members that live around Tinker Air Force Base, Rose State College and other local landmarks that sustained damage.
"I just pray everyone's all right," he said. "But with the pictures we're seeing, I know things will look worse in the morning."
Don Dillard works at Tinker and lives three miles from the base in the Dripping Springs housing addition near SE 74 and Hiwassee. He said high winds and lightning assailed his house, but no major damage was done.
"Looking at Tinker, though, the
west side especially, it's just gone,"
he said. "It's hard to believe all the
damage that was done in that
"We Have People
Dropping Off Food,
Since members of Oakcrest Church of Christ, 1111 SW 89, couldn't go into the damaged area to help, they opened their building as a shelter and collection point.
"We have people dropping off food, water, pillows, blankets. We have lots of people calling in making donations," said Lori Tinsley, a church member.
The church is between Western and Pennsylvania Avenues, about a mile north of the damage.
The church will be open night and day as long as needed, she said. The buildings include space where people can sleep if needed, she said.
The church's telephone number is 631-5534.
Since police are blocking off the damaged neighborhood, "We're letting them come here right now," Tinsley said.
This story was written from reports by staff writers Pat Gilliland, Bob Cramer and Tamie Ross.