Twister turns lives upside-down in Oklahoma



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Posted on May 11, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Newalla, Oklahoma

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NEWALLA, Oklahoma — Lives in this Oklahoma City suburb are in upheaval after a tornado ripped a path through the subdivision where Linda and Lee Terry live.

"Right now, it's just horrifying," Linda said as she surveyed the destruction. "It's just devastating."

Unless you've experienced a twister yourself, you can't comprehend its power.

"We got married right here... right in that spot right there," Linda said, pointing to a spot in the debris-strewn backyard. "I'm just numb."

Unless you've faced the uncertainty of losing your home, you can't understand Linda Terry.

"It's worse than being robbed, because there's no one to blame; no one to be angry at," she said.

Linda's husband, Lee, is also still trying to catch his breath. "I'm not happy or sad; I'm just kind of bummed."

Monday's tornado ripped the roof from the Terrys' 10-year-old home. Studs shot through the ceiling, and soggy insulation rained down.

"Well, that's gone... that's gone," Lee said amidst the ruins. "You just keep finding stuff that... it's ruined."

A half-dozen other homes int the Terrys' subdivision just east of Oklahoma City suffered similar destruction. Still, no one was hurt here.

Experts always suggest that people who ride out a tornado in their homes seek shelter in an interior room. The twister never touched the interior bathroom of the Terrys' home, where the couple had planned to hide if they had been home at the time.

Lee and Linda Terry haven't decided whether to rebuild, but they say they are certain their next home — wherever it might be — will have a storm shelter.

Many Newalla residents said they planned to spend the night Tuesday in their damaged homes to protect their property against looters.