Midwest begin clean up after tornados hit hard
Clean up is underway in the midwest. After a series of deadly tornadoes barreled through parts of the U.S. from Texas all the way up to Minnesota. YNN's JoDee Kenney has more.
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NATIONWIDE -- A deadly weekend for the plain states. From Texas all the way up to Minnesota, the National Weather Service reported more than 100 tornadoes touched down.
The hardest hit areas look like war zones. The only reported deaths are in Woodward, Oklahoma where the tornadoes killed five people, including three children and injured dozens more.
The storms knocked out part of their Woodward's emergency siren system and some residents didn't have enough time to evacuate.
"I thought it was a train coming down the tracks over here, I looked down and seen the funnel, I started running through the house screaming Martha, Martha, I mean loud. I was scared," said one resident. "When I was laying down there on the curb and I looked up and saw the house gone I didn't know what to do," said Paul Lord, a tornado victim.
"It's something I've never had to deal with and I don't want to ever have to deal with it again, a really devastating thing to our city," said Woodward Mayor Roscoe Hill.
Countless homes and businesses were leveled. Officials said the devastation could have been much worse if early warning systems were not in place. But Oklahoma's Governor said she is determined to improve alert systems.
"We're gonna figure out what we can do better to make our sirens work because I know some people could barely hear the second siren that went off during the day," said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
In Creston Iowa, a tornado slammed into a hospital, tearing off parts of the roof, blowing out windows, and flipping cars.
And in Wichita, Kansas, one of the biggest cities hit, the roof collapsed at an airplane manufacturing plant. Now, as more stories of survival come filtering in, attention turns to the cleanup.
While 12 counties remain in a state of emergency, many are just thankful to have made it out safe.
"I found them. My son, my daughter, son-in-law, my grandbabies, my wife. Everything else just brick and stick. And they're all easily replaced," said Lord.
If you'd like to help the tornado victims you can do so by logging on to the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org.