Storm Leaves Family With Very Little

Thursday, November 6th 2008, 8:25 am
By: News On 6

By Craig Day, The News On 6

PRUE, OK -- A Green Country family is trying to figure out what to do next after severe storms destroyed their home, and just about everything they own.  The strong storms moved through on Wednesday night, bringing high winds and hail to some areas.  Osage County, north of Cleveland, was really hard hit.  One family feels they are lucky to be alive.

Randy Booker's family had just moved into a home north of Cleveland a week ago.   Now, there isn't much left of the house at all.

"Never happened before.  I didn't think it could be me," said Randy Booker.

Booker and his wife and son were inside the mobile home when severe storms hit.  Amazingly, none of the three had serious injuries.

"My wife was coming out and it sucked my wife right through the door under that pile of stuff there, and I fell to the floor on my knees and I seen the washer fly over my head," said Randy Booker.

Pieces of their dismantled home ended up scattered all around, and caused minor damage to homes nearby.  Other than that, those homes weren't damaged.

"It was more like a spring storm last night, just come through real fast and violent," said paramedic Chris Ruddick.

The storm packed winds of around 75 miles per hour.  Paramedic Chris Ruddick responded to the damage and says despite what happened, it could have been worse.

"They lost everything they have, so a bad day for them.  But, they were lucky because they got out with their lives," said paramedic Chris Ruddick.

"I'm just glad we're still alive.  All this is replaceable, you know," said Randy Brooker.

For now, the family is left searching for anything they can save and wondering what to do next.  But, they are glad to be alive.

"We'll get through. It's just going to hurt for a little while, you know," said Randy Brooker.

Emergency workers say the Red Cross is helping the family with basics like food and clothing.