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Moore victim from Mid-South lives near leveled homes, flipped cars

Vickie and Rick Green have been living off a grill since the tornado hit Moore on Monday. Vickie and Rick Green have been living off a grill since the tornado hit Moore on Monday.
A Mid-South woman is one of many picking of the pieces of their lives after the storm. A Mid-South woman is one of many picking of the pieces of their lives after the storm.
Although, from Memphis to Moore, everyone is grateful the damage was not worse. Although, from Memphis to Moore, everyone is grateful the damage was not worse.

(WMC-TV) - Cleanup has begun amid the rubble Oklahoma City Wednesday where an EF-5 tornado devastated the Moore community.

More than 13,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, causing possibly $2 billion in damage. The monstrous tornado took the lives of 24 people, including several children and two infants.

A Mid-South woman is one of many picking of the pieces of their lives after the storm.

Vickie and Rick Green have been living off a grill since the tornado hit Moore on Monday.

"Since we don't' have power we've been cooking outside on our grills," said Vickie.

From inside their storm cellar, the two waited for about 30 minutes before they came up Monday,

"We could hear pieces of debris hitting the garage door," she said. "We heard the sounds of tornado twice actually. Like the sound of the train."

After seeing the light damage in her front yard, she felt lucky.

"Not too much damage just some debris in the yard. So we knew it had come close," said Vickie."The farther we walked, the luckier we felt. We were blessed and taken care of."

The storm was closer than she realized. She walked down the block to find leveled homes and flipped cars.

"The damage just got worse. And we were just practically in shock for our neighbors," she said.

Still through all of this, they have been able to communicate with their daughter, Angie, in Memphis. They talk almost daily via text and cell phone.

Thanks to technology, Angie has kept up with the damage, too, by posting friends' photos on her blog.

Although, from Memphis to Moore, everyone is grateful the damage was not worse.

"It was just amazing that the devastation as so close to us but did not touch us," said Vickie.

Vickie is a retired school teacher in the Moore Community School district. Many of her friends and former colleagues are without school supplies and classroom. She is asking for the Mid-South's help. Click here for more.

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