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Moore residents crowd hospitals to search for loved ones

MOORE, Okla. – Monday’s deadly twister tore through central and eastern Oklahoma, leveling Moore, taking lives and injuring countless others along the way.

Many people filled up the hospital waiting centers to find out if their loved ones are OK.

“Wait, that’s all we can do is wait,” Mark Troxell said.

Troxell, the youngest brother of nine, has family in Newcastle and Moore.

Troxell has been anxiously waiting at the OU Trauma Center to hear news about his older brother Mark, who was caught in the middle of a ferocious twister and hasn’t been heard from since.

“What I heard is he was opening the front door and then his house blew away,” said Troxwell.

While family and friends are waiting to find out information about their loved ones, doctors and hospital staff are on deck with high response efforts.

“So that we can make sure our physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses and other staff are on site as well as our supplies are prepared to handle whatever the community needs,” Kristina Wallace said, OU Chief Operating Officer.

As of Monday night, the OU Trauma Center has taken care of nearly 30 patients and the number continues to increase.

“We have several severe injuries, several people in the operating room now, we’ve treated a number of children,” Russell Postier said, OU Surgery Service.

Hospital officials said they have staff on standby to talk with families once patients are accounted for.

For Truxell, all he can do is post up at the hospital and wait for a message of hope that his brother survived this massive tornado.

“Pray to God that he’s OK; He’s a tough guy,” Truxell said.