Carney and Shawnee storm victims recovering
SHAWNEE, Okla. – The death toll from Monday’s tornado still stands at 24, but it’s important to remember the loss of life actually began the night before on Sunday.
That’s when an F-4 tornado flattened a mobile home park outside Shawnee.
While much of the spotlight remains focused on the Moore area, that community is also recovering from tragedy.
His home destroyed, Billy Mitchell saved one prize possession, the last and only picture of his parents.
“It was like getting my heart back you know,” said Mitchell.
Sadly, just across the street, this now empty foundation is where Mitchell’s elderly neighbor 79-year-old Glen Irish once lived.
“As I come running up, Gen Irish was right here, unrecognizable,” said Billy Mitchell Jr. “You can imagine all the pieces going through him. It wasn’t good.”
“It’s amazing how one minute it’s here and the next it’s all gone,” said Tammy Hasbell.
Her boat wrapped in a tree, metal frame bent and twisted, Hasbell’s home once stood on an empty slab before flying in the neighbor’s yard.
Funeral services for Irish were held Thursday in Shawnee.
A second man from Shawnee, 76-year-old Billy Hutchinson also passed away after Sunday’s tornado.
In the meantime, dozens of homes and businesses were wiped out in Carney on Sunday, including several that belong to the same family.
David and Juanita Knox rode the storm out in their storm shelter along with their son and grandkids who live right across the street.
“Just trying to pick up the pieces at this point and make a life again,” said Jeremy Knox.
Jeremy saw his home and business flattened to nothing but a twisted pile of debris.
“It’s gonna be an uphill struggle to get back to where we were,” said Jeremy.
Jeremy’s sister Beth also lives next door as well.
Her home suffered some damage but didn’t collapse.
“We’re not gonna live on the same street anymore,” joked Juanita Knox.
Despite losing all their homes and most of their belongings, the Knox family knows they are some of the lucky ones.
“After Moore and the kids, we’re ok,” said Juanita.
“I’m thankful my whole family made it,” said Jeremy.
“You keep it in perspective. This is stuff. In Moore, people are losing kids.”