ey went to their shelter and took their weather radio.
"We sat there and listened to the guy,” Emerson told Mike Foster, meteorologist for the National Weather Service on Wednesday.
"You were listening to this guy,” Foster said, nodding toward warning coordination meteorologist Rick Smith.
Foster and Smith were working from the Norman forecast office Tuesday.
Wednesday, Emerson looked at Smith and said, "I wouldn’t be here without it. You know I check your guys’ stuff once a day. Now it’ll be twice a day.”
Mike Graham lives on the south side of Lone Grove. He left his mobile home and went to check on his parents at their nearby house.
Graham did this after receiving a cell phone warning from a television meteorologist, which caused him to pay attention to severe weather coverage.
Graham and his parents gathered in a central hallway at the house.
The tornado hit and destroyed the house, but the family survived.