Okla. Tornado Victims Describe Storm

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The National Guard is headed to Oklahoma to assist emergency crews who are sizing up the damage from a string of deadly tornados.

The twisters moved through central Oklahoma Tuesday night, killing more than a dozen people, and the death toll is expected to rise.

Homes, trees and even steel light posts snapped like toothpicks in the path of tornados in central Oklahoma.

"The best way to describe it is as a shock wave," said eyewitness Nicolas Nobles. "It just sort of ripped through the little island there, took everything a part."

The images are indescribable and unforgettable.

Television station KOCO's helicopter camera was able to capture video of a twister as it touched down in Edmond, located just north of north of Oklahoma City.

"The siren went off, letting us know that there was something going on," said tornado victim Sondra Briggs. "So I turned on the television to see what the news channels were having to say."

"Get to your shelters," said the television meteorologist. "This is a tornado on the ground. You see debris."

Television warnings leave only seconds for some to prepare.

But mere seconds were all Briggs and her grandson needed to take shelter.

"And then finally after all the hassle and everything was over, we came outside to see," Briggs said. "We looked through the house and we had limbs and debris, wood, these woods planks coming through the back window, where I had just been laying in the bed. Had we still been in there, probably we'd be dead now."

Briggs, like so many others, are still a bit scared.

Maritza Nevez is heading home after hiding out in Chuck E. Cheese restaurant bathroom with a dozen other people.

"You could smell the gas," Nevez said. "There were major gas leaks. We just wanted to get out."

Emergency teams are now out sizing up the damage and the loss of life.

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