MOORE, Okla. -- For over 45 minutes, with winds reaching 200 mph, an F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla. Monday, causing destruction for over 17 miles.
Edmond, Okla., couple, Heath Alan and his wife Catherine, were in Moore Tuesday, helping with clearing debris when they took a picture of a sign that was lying among the debris.
"We were in the area to check on our friend's house due to him being stuck in lock down on the base, Catherine said." We decided to search for lost photos to clean and turn in for the families to look for in a small effort to help as much as we could and it was Heath that ended up finding the sign and snapping the photos."
Parked along the outer fence of the Moore Cemetery, Heath and Catherine continued their search of victims or items.
"Mainly we saw debris -- wood, dry wall, photos, wire, furniture, but we also saw mangled and crushed vehicles scattered on top of the piles of rubble and debris, seemingly dropped there by the tornado," Catherine said. "What was extremely solemn for us was the sight of the broken and knocked down grave stones throughout the cemetery. There were huge mangled pieces of metal that had been flung into the middle of the cemetery grounds and had managed to wrap themselves around the broken gravestones."
While volunteer and firefighters help clear the area, property owners were also looking over their houses.
"There were people walking around and climbing the mountains of debris, searching for their salvageable belongings," Catherine said. "It was extremely sad and very heart felt by all of us that were there."
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