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Tornado leaves Jay families homeless

Posted at 9:57 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 14:02:24-04

DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. — A community in Delaware County is seeing the damage in the daylight left by a possible tornado overnight.

Just a few miles north of the town of Jay, it’s truly an incredible sight to take in..

One family who lives there is devastated to see they’re home destroyed, but thankful they’re family is safe.

Officials say they believe between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, a tornado went through Delaware County, hitting several communities including Salina, Jay and Butler.

All areas received different degrees of damage.

In Jay, near the border of Missouri and Arkansas, several buildings and homes were hit and trees wereuprooted.

Claude and Tonya Phillips left their home just north of Jay before the storm hit their small farm. They returned when neighbors said the storm had passed.

"As we was coming down the dirt road we started seeing damage. As we got about three quarters of a mile down the road, and we couldn’t come no farther so we got out and walked. And when I started walking, I knew it was bad."

The entire roof was blown away. The additional room added to the home, completely ripped apart.

Several of their sheds either blown away or flipped on their sides and the barn is nowhere to be seen.

Throughout the morning, the family has had so much support. People in the community driving by to check on them, letting them know they can count on them to get through this unimaginable time.

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