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Man Survives Two Of Oklahoma's Biggest Tornadoes

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A chance encounter at a Moore convenience store leads to an incredible story of tornado survival. A chance encounter at a Moore convenience store leads to an incredible story of tornado survival.
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A chance encounter at a Moore convenience store leads to an incredible story of tornado survival, told by a man who says he's grateful to be alive.

Ray King, 54, tried to buy News 9's Steve Shaw a 7-Eleven Pepsi Slurpee he had just poured for himself at the 12th Street and I-35 location in Moore Wednesday afternoon.

Ray said he wanted to do it because legendary Retired News 9 Meteorologist Gary England alerted him to the EF-4 tornado that ripped his house apart on May 8th 2003. He said that few minutes of notice gave him time to wrap his young daughter and mother-in-law in blankets and shut them in a closet, just before it hit.

“And then I hear a roar, sounded like a 747 jet, and the house started shaking, and the next thing I know I'm up stuck between two rafters in the ceiling,” said King.

He says it was a miracle no one in his family was seriously hurt or killed that day.

But Ray said his sister and brother-in-law were two of the 36 people who died in the May 3rd 1999 tornado in Grady County.

Then on May 20th, 2013, Ray King was in the wrong place at the wrong time again almost. After falling from the bed of his pickup truck while working earlier that fateful day, Ray rode out the mammoth EF-5 twister that tore through Moore in the cafeteria of Moore Medical Center.

“It sounded more like a bunch of airplanes tangling up together,” he said. I then joked, “Ray maybe we should steer clear of you in May.” He replied. “Maybe that would be a good thing to do.”

Ray King's got more than a sense of humor; he's got a valuable perspective on life.

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