Lone Grove tornado victim remembers tragedy 10 years later

LONE GROVE, Okla. (KXII) - "I knew in my head that my parents were gone," Kaylee Herman said.

It was 10 years ago when Kaylee Herman was 13-years-old, living with her parents in a mobile home in Lone Grove.

"It felt like the house was collapsing like a stack of cards just fell over," Herman said.

Herman says that night she was taking a bath when she heard the winds pick up and ran to be with her mother in the kitchen when the EF 4 tornado hit.

"I remember wood splinters going up my thigh coming up my side," Herman said. "I remember falling backwards with my mom and only thing I could think of at the time was to tuck and roll and hope nothing bad happens."

Herman says it took only a few minutes for the storm to pass.

"I was perfectly fine when I stood up, course my parents weren't - I didn't know where they were," Herman said. "I didn't know what happened, I was in shock."

Herman says she was helped by a stranger who gave her clothes and took her to a hospital.

Later that night it was confirmed to Herman that her parents, William Vincent Fambrough and Susan "Gail" Fambrough, were two of the eight people killed by the tornado.

Herman's older sister and brother in law took her in.

"I didn't know what to do, I had nothing," Herman said. "They gave me clothing, shelter, everything they possibly could."

The National Weather Service says maximum wind speeds for the storm reached 175 miles per hour.

The NWS says what has become known as the 'Lone Grove tornado' injured 46 people and left behind about 3 million dollars in damages.

Herman, now 23-years-old and an expecting mother, says she wants people to take severe weather warnings seriously - have a plan and a place to seek shelter in.

"Both of them were great parents considering all the circumstances we ever gone through together as a family and I personally hope I'm as great of a parent as they were," Herman said.



 
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