Okla. Families Share Stories of Survival amid Chaos

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Melissa Smith and her daughter, Alexis, quickly drove to High Crest Junior High School to pick up her eldest daughter, Jewel.

Shortly after their arrival, officials directed them to take shelter with the students in the school's gym.

As Jewel and her mother huddled in the gymnasium, they found out the facility wasn't as safe as they thought it would be.

"The roof collapsed," Jewel recalled. "I thought I was going to die."

But Jewel, her mom and sister survived.

Meanwhile, the Nemone family also came through the storm unharmed. They took shelter at a nearby technology building, and all emerged safely from there.

"We prayed that God would protect us," one family member said. "It is devastating, but the community is coming together. That is the heart of Oklahoma and that is what we do -- come together."

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