Charlotte couple search for friends, family after Oklahoma twister

Charlotte couple search for friends, family after Oklahoma twister

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte couple is paying extra close attention to the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Brooke Clay’s heart may be in her hometown, but her eyes were fixed on videos and tweets all afternoon Monday.

“If there’s one thing Oklahomans do well, it’s take care of each other,” said Clay.  “It’s really scary to just sit back and watch it.  There’s nothing you can do about it.  It’s hard being here when all of this is happening there.”

Clay moved from Oklahoma City in March of this year to join her fiancé, Travis Haney, here in Charlotte.  He came to North Carolina from Oklahoma last year.

The couple spent this past weekend back in Clay’s hometown for her brother’s graduation.

“The hardest thing was seeing those cars mangled on I-35,” said Clay.  “I drove those roads.  I saw those people.  I stopped at those gas stations.”

In fact, a tornado hit Sunday as the couple was boarding a plane back to Charlotte.

“It was really scary to watch a tornado touch down as you’re boarding a plane, just across the city,” she said.

Both Haney and Clay spent most of Monday afternoon searching for friends and family members on social media, since phones weren’t working well.

“I’m so thankful for technology and Twitter.  I’m sure that Twitter has saved so many lives during this storm,” said Clay.

Her family is safe and unharmed.

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