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NARDIN, Okla. — A lot of damage has been reported near the tiny town of Nardin.

Nobody was hurt but debris, uprooted trees and power lines are just about everywhere you look.

“It was like nothing I ever want to experience again,” Farmer Scott Smith said. “It was something else.”

Between the wind, rain and flying debris, nobody could tell what was going on outside.

Scott Smith knew he had to find the safest place he could; his family went to a neighbor’s basement, Scott had no other choice but the milk barn.

“Went down there and held on to one of those pipes,” he said. “I thought I might fly away.”

His barn did; you can still see parts of it scattered across a pasture, a trail of what used to be.

Remnants of just about every barn in the area were tossed for miles.

Uprooted trees block roads.

If only the uprooted tree in the Chartier’s yard had blocked their cellar door.

“The door came off and boards came flying in there,” Patrick Chartier said.

“We were down in the corner just sitting there watching it all,” Cassie Chartier said.

The family of four huddled together for about 25 minutes and watched the roof get sucked off their home.

They dodged two-by-fours as the wind hurled them inside their shelter.

“You’d see tin flying off the house, you saw the board came up and flying and bounced in here. You’d just see things circling around,” Patrick Chartier said.

“It was scary. It was very scary,” Cassie Chartier said. “Every time the lightning flashed, you could see the circulation.”

Nobody in the Nardin area was hurt and no animals were seriously injured.