Survivor Describes Illinois Tornado

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Reported by: Michelle Linn
Updated: 11/18/2013 7:06 pm Published: 11/18/2013 12:19 pm

        Eight people are confirmed dead from weekend storms in the Midwest.  One man was electrocuted in Michigan, another man there was crushed, when a tree fell on his car.  A tornado killed six people in the central Illinois town of Washington.

        We spoke to one of the survivors, in Washington, Illinois, over the phone.  Scott Fehr is still rattled by what he saw.  He tells FOX23 News he rode around town, on his bicycle, checking out the damage, just minutes after the monster twister rolled through.

        Crews combed through the wreckage today, to save what they could, and to start clearing away the massive amount of debris.

        "They're really trying to assess the impact of the storm.  Once they have that general assessment done, they'll know better how they need to prepare and the resources they'll need to bring in, to make sure people have the help that they need during this crisis," said Donita Quesnel, of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Red Cross.

        FOX23 News checked with the local Red Cross Monday.  Quesnel tells us volunteers are on standby, ready to go to Illinois, if they get the call.

        "Oklahoma is a very disaster-prone state.  We have everything from wildfires, to tornadoes, to floods," Quesnel said.

        She says volunteers from our state bring a unique perspective.

        "They've seen the power of these storms, how destructive they can be, to people's spirit and their well-being," said Quesnel.

        We checked with Stan Whiteford, at PSO.  He tells FOX23 News, at this time, manpower from the Tulsa area is not needed in central Illinois.

        We also checked with the Tulsa Fire Department and the Tulsa Police Department.  Officer Leland Ashley tells us, at this time, the department has no plans to send any resources to Illinois.

        We called a few local churches, they all told us they're not planning any type of relief effort in Illinois, right now.

        When we checked with the Southern Baptist Convention, in Oklahoma City, we learned their relief efforts are still focused on helping the tens of thousands of victims of this month's deadly typhoon, in the Philippines.

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