Jarrell: Residents Remember Their Brush With Deadly F-5 Tornado

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

JARRELL (May 21, 2013)—Some residents of Jarrell Tuesday were remembering the deadly 1997 tornado that ripped through their town, as the search continued through the rubble in Moore, Okla., which was struck Monday by powerful tornado that killed at least 24 and left more than 230 injured.

The Moore tornado was an EF-5, the most powerful on the scale, just as the May 27, 1997 tornado that ripped through a subdivision in Jarrell, killing 27 people, including children.

Kelly Taylor survived the tornado in 1997 but lost everything, she said watching the coverage of the tornado in Moore has been tough.

"When you see something like that it brings all those feelings back and it makes you appreciate life a lot more," Taylor said.

Jarrell police said since Monday they've gotten more calls inquiring about the community’s storm shelter.

The storm shelter was installed about a year after the fatal tornado in 1997 and is frequently used by residents during severe weather.

"People just want to know how they operate and functionality and they feel that if they're prepared then there's less confusion and I think that everything would be better if they come down and see because we're more than willing to come show them the shelters and how they operate," said Crystal Smolen of the Jarrell Police Department.

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