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Witnesses Describe Massive Tornado in Oklahoma City Area

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When something this devastating happens, it effects people nationwide.

Even here at Channel 2, our news team has family members living in the Oklahoma City area who witnessed the tornado first-hand.

Our executive producer's parents live and work in the area. Reporter Adam Rasmussen talked to Kaye and David Burlison on the phone a couple hours ago. Both were at work when the tornado touched down.  

"With exception to the tornado sirens, I was kind of eerily quiet. And then it got real still, which it does when you're near the tornado. And then it hits you," says David.

Kaye adds, "it's just unnerving to know how powerful something like that is. At the same time, you're awe struck by it."

Kaye was in downtown Oklahoma City when the torando hit. She and her co-workers all moved to a conference room at the center of the building until the twister passed watching the news for updates. 

David was much closer. He teaches at Platt College in Moore. He and 60 students took cover in desks and even inside a freezer in the school. 

Thankfully -- the tornado just missed them. He said the funnel lifted just as it passed the school -- but the rest of moore wasn't so lucky. 

Both David and Kaye said now -- people are searching through the debris.

"Yesterday it seemed like the whole area was blanketed with people in yellow jackets that were out, searching for victims. Today I think there were more civilians that were looking for people," says Kaye.

With more bad weather on the way -- David and Kaye said all they can do is hope for the best.

And on Wednesday - Channel 2 News is joining with the Red Cross and the Atlantis to help raise money for the Oklahoma tornado victims. We'll be set-up to take your donations in the west parking lot of the Atlantis – near the northwest corner of South Virginia and Peckham Lane.

We'll be there from 11:00am to 7:00pm on Wednesday, so come by and see us as we work together to help those affected by today's devastating tornado.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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