MOORE, Okla. (CBS Houston) – A survivor of the Oklahoma tornado that killed at least 24 people, including nine children, said she held on to her daughter’s hair to prevent her from flying away into the tornado.
CBS News reports that a resident of Moore, Okla., the site of the deadly tornado that killed dozens and left the area depleted and devastated, would have lost her daughter to the tornado if not for the mother’s grip on her daughter’s hair.
As the tornado was drawing near, the woman’s husband told the woman to get in the bathtub immediately and to put a mattress on top of them. When the tornado’s force was close enough to the house, the family was in danger. Feeling the tornado’s strength bearing down on the family, the mother held on to her daughter for dear life.
“I held her by her hair,” the woman, in hysterics, told KWTV. “It was trying to take her away.”
The woman, still overwhelmed by the situation, kept repeating the somber reality of what had happened.
“It’s gone,” she told KWTV. “Our cars [are] where our house was. Everything is gone.”