Tornado Leaves Trail Of Destruction In Ninnekah

Saturday, April 30th 2016, 9:51 am
By: News 9

Areas in southwest Oklahoma were among those hit hardest by Friday's storms. Several homes and structures in Ninnekah are either damaged or destroyed.

“We stopped the kids from getting on the school bus like they usually do, and we took shelter there at the school until the storm had passed,” said Kris Allen.

Kris, his wife and their five children were safe, but their home was no match for the storm.

“It’s a lot to take in and I don’t know if it’s all sank in yet,” said Allen.

While Kris and his family took cover at the school, his neighbor just across the street hunkered down with his family, covered with a mattress.

“Told my family to get to an interior room, shelter down and put a little mattress over us,” said Chris Naney.

Just a few mile sections west, an 89-year-old woman and her family members ran outside to their storm shelter they just got last year.

“It’s just metal and wood and it can all be replaced and we thank the good Lord that it came out the way it did,” said Rick Bennett.

And while everyone was preparing, county firemen were blaring their sirens throughout the town due to the city sirens not working. And little did the fire chief know as he was trying to spot the tornado, it was headed right for his farm.

“I knew it was right behind me back to my southwest, but I didn’t know it was actually at my house,” said Perry Wenzel.

His house was damaged and he lost a couple of barns.

But in the end, “All of my family is safe and all of this can be replaced,” said Allen.