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Craig Country Residents Describe Tornado's Wrath

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Charles dodged the debris but his wife was injured while trying to get to safety. Charles dodged the debris but his wife was injured while trying to get to safety.
Kelly says, all of a sudden, she looked up and the wall was gone. Kelly says, all of a sudden, she looked up and the wall was gone.
Corey Self was turkey hunting when the storm began. He was stuck on the other side of a flooded out road and his friend had to come rescue him. Corey Self was turkey hunting when the storm began. He was stuck on the other side of a flooded out road and his friend had to come rescue him.
WELCH, Oklahoma -

The rain and wind was non-stop overnight in Craig County. Several roads are flooded and two homes were damaged by what the weather service says was an EF-1 tornado.

The tornado was more than a mile and a-half wide, according to the National Weather Service. SkyNews6 shows the damage from the air.

Dale Charles was close to his home at the time, driving up the road to get to his wife.

"I looked to see the barn, of course, I see it picking up and leaving," Charles said. "About that time the roof of the house comes across the road and electric lines started arcing."

Charles dodged the debris but his wife was injured while trying to get to safety.

"Blowed those back windows out and blowed her across the room and up against the wall, just like she got shot with a shotgun, just glass everywhere," he said.

05/01/2012 Related Story: Welch Woman Escapes Injury After Tornado Blows Off Home's Roof

Bryan and Kelly Walker live across the street. He was in Texas when he got the call that his wife and two young sons rode out the storm in their bedroom.

Kelly says, all of a sudden, she looked up and the wall was gone.

"I think I was calm until I got into the closet and started calling everyone and my seven year old said, 'Okay mom, stay calm,'" Kelly said.

The powerful wind was joined by torrential rain.

"The rain was coming in sideways, blowing across the road," Corey Self said, "It was pretty wild."

Corey Self was turkey hunting when the storm began. He was stuck on the other side of a flooded out road and his friend had to come rescue him. They could only see about two feet in front of them because of the downpour.

Residents here say the cleanup won't take long thanks to the help of family and friends.

"It's a mess but we'll clean it up," Charles said. "We got lots of friends and they'll come and help and we'll clean it up and start over...we'll rebuild."

The Red Cross is helping those two families in Welch.

05/01/2012 Related Story: Several Highways Closed After Storm Tears Through NE Oklahoma

The Craig County emergency manager wants to warn people to beware of flooded areas. He says the water may be much deeper than it looks and its best to just stay away.

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