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Kentuckians make journey to help tornado-ravaged Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WKYT) - It was a very stormy and dangerous night for some in the Oklahoma City area. It’s where Kentuckians are helping people recover from the deadly May 20th storm….and where a new round of storms…cut their work early Friday.

“They are talking about having everyone in about 3, pulling everyone off.. because of the weather coming again,” said Don McGowan Friday. McGowan is a volunteer from the Red Cross working in the Moore, Oklahoma area.

Summer storms are serious business in tornado alley and volunteers know that all too well, from what they’ve seen the past several days.

“It has made me aware of what can happen. Your house can totally be blown away,” said Russ Hoff.

Hoff of Lexington is on his first disaster relief mission for the American Red Cross. He’s feeding victims and other volunteers. McGowan of Cynthiana is providing first aid…and health services.

He’s taken back by the resiliency of people who have lost everything. And from hearing about their survival stories.

“They had 17 in their storm shelter. They could feel the tornado go over their house. Holding down the door,” said McGowan.

Hoff and McGowan will put in a total of two to three weeks before they head home. They know they’ve seen something..they may not ever see again.

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