‘The darkness was everywhere,’ 10-year-old storm survivor writes about living through Moore tornado

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MOORE, Okla. – Many families lost their homes to last year’s tornado.

Many are still moving back in after being forced to rebuild over the past year.

The Matthews family’s house was destroyed after the twister and their daughter, who goes to Briarwood Elementary, turned to pen and paper to share her experience from the eyes of a 10-year-old, called “Tornado.”

“When I was at school it was the afternoon. The time was 2:30, almost recess time! A roar of thunder came and everything changed. Papa came to pick me up from school at that time. We went home and the news said there was a tornado at Newcastle making its way up to Blanchard. The tornado was heading for Moore. We got out of the shelter and then suddenly, darkness. Grandma`s house was damaged and our house we didn`t know. So Papa went over to check. He finally came back. That`s when Mama asked, is it gone?! No answer. Is it? He nodded his head yes. We all cried. I thought about the tornado, our house and the sound the tornado made. It felt like a tiger had just gone up to me and pierced his claws inside my heart. Everything was gone. There was darkness everywhere,” – Kayleigh Matthews.

The new Briarwood Elementary school is expected to be finished by the fall.

The Matthews family has only lived in their newly built home for just three weeks now after living with family members for the past year while their house was being built.


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