Posted: May 23, 2013 10:44 AM by Kathy Kuretich
Updated: May 23, 2013 10:57 AM
A woman who lived in Moore, Oklahoma for decades before moving to Pismo Beach in 1991 spoke exclusively with KSBY, Wednesday. Her daughter, a teacher at Moore Central Junior High, as well as her seventh and eighth grade students were inside their school when the tornado ripped through her town.
When the warnings began, Kleine moved her students from her windowed classroom, to a walled off room.
"There was no debate from any child, there was no panic," said Bradley.
There was also no power - no way to communicate. A radio was their only source of information. Outside it was eerily quiet. Then it began.
"They could hear everything hitting the school. They could hear the beams and the all of the wood, and the metal, and the houses," said Bradley.
No one was injured at her school, and hours later, they were able to get out. The children were released to their parents. But not all.
"In some cases there were no parents to come pick them up," said Bradley.
Just six blocks away from Kleine's school, four people died where a 7/11 used to stand.
"I was back there, two months ago. I gased my car at the 7/11 that is now gone. I traveled down Telephone Road," she said. "All of that is gone now, it's not even a slab now, it's just gone."
Three miles away - seven children died at Plaza Towers, a place Judy used to substitute teach - the school her children attended.
"Seven beautiful little souls are gone."
Judy said there were warnings, but this storm was so powerful - the local meteorologist gave a dire warning.
"He said, this is an alert. This is a warning. Being inside is not going to save you because you need to be underground. Unfortunately, he was correct," said Bradley.
Judy wants people to know - Moore will rise up.
"We are a resilient people. They will rebuild. They are Okies," she said. "It's been heartbreaking, but it's been so rewarding to see everyone pull together."
She said most homes and older schools in the area do not have basements or cellars... because the soil is red clay... making it very expensive to dig.
She expects that when Moore rebuilds, the schools will also be constructed with underground bunkers.
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