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A tornado touched down two miles from Norman, OK. A tornado touched down two miles from Norman, OK.
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville American Red Cross volunteers experienced the wrath of Oklahoma's latest tornado outbreak.

Several local volunteers were two miles south of a twister that spawned from a large storm system that barreled through Oklahoma Friday.

"It was a very intense 45 minutes to an hour there when the alarms and everything was going off and the hotel lights went down," said volunteer Mike Sewell.

Sewell is one of two dozen disaster relief "Go Team" volunteers dispatched throughout Oklahoma.

Everyone from Louisville's chapter is safe and awoke Saturday morning ready to help locals rebuilt their lives.

"They started bright and early this morning doing the work they have been doing since May 21," spokesperson Amber Youngblood said.

Several twisters plowed through Oklahoma Friday. Volunteers are getting an earful of survival stories from those they're helping.

"There was one lady; she rode it out in a steel container," Swell said. "She had a football helmet on and took cover in one of those POD (storage) containers. She was tossed around pretty good."

Sewell is assigned to a multi-agency resource center where locals apply for help.

After Friday's severe weather, Louisville's chapter was awaiting word on whether to send more volunteers. Approximately 36 people have been notified they could be called to action.

"We've had a series of volunteers that have been on standby," Youngblood said.

Volunteers are sent to the scene for at least two or three weeks where people are still picking up the pieces from the previous disaster in Moore, OK.

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