On Hazelwood Street near the Whispering Oaks housing edition, one of Moore's hardest-hit neighborhoods, Lashowann Smith stood outside with an umbrella Wednesday, watching as workers repaired the gaping hole in her roof. The damage to her house was nothing compared to the piles of rubble just a few blocks away.
Smith and her young daughter, Aaliyah Moore, survived the tornado, but they didn't know the other was safe for hours after the storm passed.
Moore was at school at the nearby Applecreek Elementary near 14th Street when the sirens sounded. She and her classmates took shelter in three different locations before settling on a bathroom.
"It was crazy and scary and insane," said Moore.
Smith tried to reach her daughter about half an hour before the twister made its way into town, but after being notified the school was on lockdown, she returned home. It wasn't long before her mother, who has a storm shelter just blocks away, picked her up and they took shelter together.
Thirty minutes later the two emerged unscathed. They would then walk two miles through the rubble to find Moore. It was nearly two hours later that they were finally reunited.
"We're just glad everybody is OK," said Smith. "Our house can be repaired."
Richard and Tammy Ferguson are OK too. Their home is now in shambles, but neither was there when the tornado bore down on their neighborhood.