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Tornado Warning Interrupts Tecumseh High School Prom

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Students in Tecumseh were at prom Saturday night when they had to take shelter. Students in Tecumseh were at prom Saturday night when they had to take shelter.
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Students in Tecumseh were at prom Saturday night when they had to take shelter.

The students News 9 heard from Sunday said the staff at the school had been watching the weather all evening and when it was time to take cover, everyone knew exactly what to do.

Tecumseh High School students said they had a true Oklahoma prom experience Saturday night. But it started off like any other prom – with pictures and dancing.

“We were just dancing. Everybody had finally just got on the floor and everybody was just getting into it,” Delaney Young, a senior at Tecumseh High School said.

And then Mother Nature crashed the party. A tornado warning was issued for Pottawatomie County last night, so students said all 200 of them, dresses and tuxes and all, took shelter.

“All the girls, our big heels, we were all carrying them and our dresses were soaked in mud,” student Morgan McCoy explained.

Prom-goers said the staff kept them calm and led them into the inner classrooms of the high school. Some students said a prayer while taking shelter and others played music and sang.

“Then somebody started singing Garth Brooks and everyone joined in. It's Oklahoma, everyone knows those songs,” McCoy said.

“If I'm going to be situated for a tornado, I want to be with the best people, so that was great,” said junior Zachary Bowman.

The students said they only took shelter for about a half an hour. But when the severe weather threat passed and the storm didn't hit the school, they went back to making memories.

“It was probably the best night I've ever had in my life,” Bowman said.

“I had a ton of fun,” McCoy explained.

The seniors News 9 heard from Sunday said they've been rained on at prom before -- and it's kind of expected each year. But this was the first time they actually had to take shelter because of a tornado warning.

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