PINOYS TAKE SHELTER AS MORE TORNADOES HIT OKC

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 3, 2013

LOS ANGELES – Eleven days after a deadly tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, multiple tornadoes came through the metropolitan
Oklahoma City area on Friday night.

Choctaw resident Jennifer Baguio sent ABS-CBN News pictures of what thousands of households did as the sirens went off.

Filipinos and families including their pets hunkered down in their shelters.

Baguio said her family was concerned and worried, but happy to be safe.

However, like many other residents, they got out of their shelters to find out that their home had no power.

Another Filipina, Czarina Garcia, was working at her medical clinic during last week’s Moore tornado.

This week, she found herself, her husband, and two children on the highway stuck in traffic between two tornadoes.

“It was so scary, humongous, I’m just in my car and I kept crying and crying. It was like somebody was hitting us in our car,” she said.

Rhoda Blaskie and her family spent about 3 hours in her shelter with her family as her daughter Rebecca and fiancé Lenin Glass were
in the basement of Will Rogers World Airport.

“I’m still thankful again, our house is still in tact, our grill is upside down, the neighbor’s shed is in our yard, it knocked the
fence down, and some of my flowers in the front yard are gone,” she said.

Tractor trailers have been overturned and some 90,000 residents are without power. Many people and their cars are reportedly stuck in traffic and the local airport had been evacuated.

Reports say 13 people died while at least 70 others were injured from the tornadoes. The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC and
Philippine Consulate in Chicago are monitoring the situation. So far there have been no reports of Filipino casualties.

Filipinos say they are now checking on each other to make sure everybody is safe.

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