WATCH: Elk City resident "still in shock" after riding out tornado in home
ELK CITY, Okla. (KOKH) —
Cleanup is beginning Wednesday in Elk City after a tornado tore through the area, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.
"I'm still in shock. It hasn't set in," says Rachel Poole.
Rachel Poole says she and her family rode out the tornado inside their storm shelter in the garage of their home.
"You could hear what sounded like a softball hitting the wall," said Poole. "Ears were popping, and that's when I knew it was going over the house."
That tornado moved through Beckham County around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday night. Emergency Management officials reported one person was killed and at least 20 others had been transported to the hospital for injuries. Poole said she could see debris coming under the door during the storm. And once it was over, reality set in.
"I asked him, I said the house is gone isn't it? and he said I think so," said Pool about speaking to her husband.
The storm damaged an estimated 40 homes and left thousands without power. Elk City Public Schools are canceled Wednesday in the wake of the storm. A disaster relief center has been established at the Elk City Sale Barn for those impacted by the storm.