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TN-TF1 aids in search, rescue in Moore

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MOORE, Okla. (FOX13) -

Search and rescue crews from Tennessee Task Force One combed a field Wednesday in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Okla., that was in the middle of the tornado's path.

FEMA officials ordered them to the field to look for a missing person during the second day of work for the search and rescue team from Memphis.
After they cleared the field it was time to head back into the neighborhoods. The 80 members of the team and their six K9s are working hand in hand with their counterparts from the Moore Fire Department.
A large portion of the town was wiped out by the EF-5 tornado. Homes were blown off their foundations and vehicles tossed around.

"We've been busy, searching a lot of very devastated areas," said TN-TF1's Andrew Hart. "But it's progressed well. We haven't found any deceased people, so we're happy about that."

The team was assigned to search the neighborhood around the Plaza Tower Elementary School, which was destroyed.

Police and National Guard troops have blocked access into the neighborhood.

Moore resident Larry Jernigan, who talked to FOX13 News Wednesday, was released from the hospital after riding the storm out in his truck.

"Barely got in the driveway and I just laid down in the seat," Jernigan said. "Shattered everything. All the windows just kept blowing stuff at me. I had my hands over my eyes. Only thing that saved my face probably as much as it is, I had my hands up over like that. Just something you don't want to go through again."
Amber Kelley was at home in Moore during the storm, but her son was at daycare. She came out to a church-run relief station to find some shoes for her son.

"I couldn't find my son for a couple hours," Kelley said. "They had him at the hospital. So, his daycare is gone, so, I mean, but we're all fine."

There are just two of the stunning stories of survival from the people of Moore, Okla.
The men and women of Tennessee Task Force One are ready to help in the aftermath.

"That's why we're here," Hart said. "That's what we want to do, so we enjoy the chance to help other people. They're having a rough time here, but it's been great watching them work together and help each other out. We're out trying to find victims and they're coming up to us trying to give us food."

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