Buffalonians Take Shelter During Oklahoma Tornado

June 1, 2013 Updated Jun 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM EDT


June 1, 2013 Updated Jun 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (WKBW) - Eyewitness News spoke with Buffalonians who are now in the Midwest. They say the horrific scenes of toppled cars, leveled homes, and lives and communities destroyed is becoming all too familiar.

"It's a helpless feeling. You can't get out of the way and you just have to hope your house holds up," said Paul Hoefler, who works in Amherst. He was visiting Oklahoma City for work Friday when the storm hit.

"I have never seen rain so hard in my life," said Hoefler. "Then the hail started. You always hear the hail comes before the tornado and it was just pelting the roof."

Right before the tornado hit, Hoefler and his two co-workers created a make-shift shelter in a closet at the home they were staying at.

"We took mattresses from our beds and pillows from our beds and we barricaded the mattresses against the door and we had pillows and mattresses covering our heads," said Hoefler.

Another Buffalonian living in Oklahoma and taking cover during last night's storm, Kaylee Baty and her two young children.

The three went downstairs to their shelter where Baty had batteries, water, extra changes of clothes, a weather radio, and entertainment for the children.

"You have to remain calm for the kids because if you are panicked, they are panicked and it makes it worse for them," said Baty.

This was the second time in less than two weeks Baty and her children had to take cover in the shelter.

Baty and Hoefler say they are thankful neither themselves nor their families sustained any injuries during the storm. However, others aren't as lucky.

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