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Erie Native Shares Tornado Experience

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One of the towns hardest hit by the tornado is Moore, Oklahoma.
We caught up with an Erie native, who now calls Moore her home.
She lived through Monday's tornado, and shared her frightening experience with us.

Massive tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, at least 24 people died in those storms.
As you could imagine, for those who lived through it, it was a very scary experience.

Stephanie Crowl-Linza tells us that herself, her husband, and their 3 young children crowded in a closet Monday afternoon, as the tornado rolled through their neighborhood.

She sent us some pictures of her town.
And while her neighborhood was unscathed, much of the Moore community wasn't so lucky.
That's where the huge, 2 mile wide twister hit.
Linza spoke to us over the phone, describing what she went through.

"We could hear the tornado and it got progressively louder and louder for a solid 3/4 minutes we heard it outside of our home," said Crowl-Linza.
"I just kept praying please God do not let this hit our home, if it hits our home... and afterward we heard it pass, it had in fact gone around us I was overwhelming grateful to the fact that we had been spared," Crowl-Linza added.

Linza says the community support is comforting.
Churches are reaching out, the Red Cross is on hand, and several neighbors are helping each other as well.

You can help the tornado victims by donating to the American Red Cross, or Linza's church, which is feeding and housing those displaced by the tornado, visit www.loveandjusticechurch.org 

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