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EF-3 tornado tears through Oklahoma, infant among 4 killed

Oklahoma  —  A family is mourning the loss of their 4-month-old girl after a twister touched down in Holdenville, Oklahoma, tossing their home 200 yards, destroying their cars and any hope their life will ever be the same.

Skeen family

 courtesy: Skeen family Facebook.                                                       

“Words can’t express the immense loss this family has suffered,” a friend shared on a GoFundMe page set up for the Skeen family. Melissa Marquart, who lives nearby said, "My heart goes out to them. Absolutely. Losing a kid is never okay."

It was an EF-3 tornado that tore through their neighborhood on April 27, according to preliminary reports from the National Weather Service. More than 20,000 people were left without power in the rural area, and three adults were killed. At least 100 people were injured in the destructive outbreak.

The damage was extensive in Sulphur, a town of about 5,000 people, where a tornado crumpled many downtown buildings, tossed cars and buses and sheared the roofs off houses across a 15-block radius.

"You just can’t believe the destruction,” Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said during a visit to the hard-hit town. “It seems like every business downtown has been destroyed.”


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