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Tree crushes home in Okmulgee storms

Posted at 5:41 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 18:44:26-04

OKMULGEE, Okla. -- Storms rolled through Okmulgee over the weekend with winds reaching 90 miles per hour.

Many people had limbs and trees down in their yards.

Dana Moudy and his wife got some of the worst damage in the city.

"We were laying right here and that is exactly where the tree landed," Moudy said, pointing to his king size bed covered in insulation, tree branched and debris.

Moudy said he and his wife have been through three tornados but this is the closest they have ever been to death.

"It was probably 15 seconds between life and death," Moudy said.

The sounds of Saturday night's storms woke up Moudy's wife.

"It was a good thing she woke up when she did and noticed the danger to us and got us up the hall," Moudy said.

The two ran for their safe room just a few steps away.

At the same time, a tree crashed down onto their home. Moudy said he felt like they were being pulled back towards their bedroom. He grabbed his wife's wrist and pulled her into the hall closet.

"When the wind was sucking me back down the hall like that, all I could picture was being sucked up into a funnel and where would I land," Moudy said.

There was not a confirmed tornado in Okmulgee, but winds reached 90 miles per hour during that storm.

The wind forced open more than ten of the windows on their home.

Moudy estimated the tree that fell on their home was over 100 years old and about five feet in diameter.

"You have a tree that you love and sat under it in the shade in the day and now it's taken off about a fourth of your house," Moudy said.

His master bedroom and bathroom are destroyed. The rest of the home has structural damage.

Now he and his wife are left to search for their possessions under piles of debris.

"I made this end table for my parents for their anniversary," he said pointing at a piece of furniture lying in a pile of tree limbs, wood, and bricks. "We found one. There should be another one in there."

Moudy is overwhelmed by the neighbors who have reached out and helped him so far.

"You would not believe the people who came to check on us, check on the house, to drive by the house," Moudy said.

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