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'God protected us' | Pryor families cleaning up after storms

Posted at 8:39 AM, May 26, 2024

PRYOR, Okla. — Two people are confirmed dead after a tornado ripped through Pryor late Saturday night.

Authorities haven't released the names yet or where they died.

READ MORE: Two dead after severe storms in Green Country

Throughout the night, search and rescue crews faced difficulty looking for survivors.

Damage in Pryor

“We have power lines down and trees across the road. It's very dangerous to get up there - we can't get vehicles up there,” said Shannon Buhl with the Cherokee Nation Marshal’s Service.

2 News’ Cathy Tatom talked to Mallory Horner as she tried to get to her parent’s house near Pryor at about 3 a.m.

“I know 470 road got hit pretty bad. They're about a quarter mile from that. I know they lost part of their roof, part of a car, lost a bunch of trees, and my aunt's house - she lives next door she's got a lot she has a lot of water pouring into it she has a tree on top of it,” she said.

“We are Christians, and we believe that God protected us,” she said.

Brian Kellehan has lived in the same home for nearly 20 years, and said he's never lived through anything like Saturday night's storms.

"I lost everything," said Brian Kellehan. "I don't think it's all hit yet."

Kellehan and his wife were at home without power when the weather took a turn for the worse.

After 15-20 minutes in the cellar, Kellehan said they dug their way out and took a look around their home in the dark.

"I’ve got 40 acres here, and there was a camper set up back there that a guy was living in and it blew it over," said Kellehan.

While he sorted through the debris around his home, neighbors he didn't know showed up to lend a helping hand.

That spirit, seen all over Pryor.

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