Residents shaken by El Reno tornado

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 6/01/2013 9:52 pm Published: 6/01/2013 9:43 pm

Residents who took cover from Friday’s storm that hit El Reno say it seemed to last forever.

“We couldn’t believe that it wouldn’t ever stop.”

George Kennedy says he and his wife Linda took cover in their underground storm shelter for what seemed like hours. The wind howled; debris knocked against the shelter doors.

“It just kept on and kept on and kept on,” Kennedy says.

Today he gave FOX23 News a tour of the damaged farm he found they came above ground. His barns ruined, his office demolished, his horses running wild.

“It blew all the gates out, the horses were all scattered together and everything, but lucky none of them were hurt.”

Even as a power transmitter fell over them.

FOX23’s Janai Norman asked Kennedy whether he has ever seen anything like this before?

“No,” he replied. “I’ve been around for 70 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s done lots and lots of damage, it’s unbelievable.”

Through the fierce winds that moved tons of steel and metal all over Kennedy’s yard, he says what surprised him most was a rack of hats from different horse races that was left untouched.

“Strange things, they always do strange things.”

Kennedy says you never realize the power of Mother Nature until you’re caught in the middle of it.
While this was his first time, he says the experience is part of being an Oklahoman

“We never once had one hit us like this. First time in 70 years, that’s pretty good I guess,” Kennedy jokes.  “It’s just one of them things living in Oklahoma; you’ve got to fear them tornadoes”

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