Red Cross volunteer: "It was like a war zone, just horrific." - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Red Cross volunteer: "It was like a war zone, just horrific"

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Friday night's storms brought more tense moments for a region still dazed from the recent tornado that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.

Some local volunteers found themselves in the middle of those dangerous storms.

The group has been in Moore for nearly two weeks helping locals with whatever they need but they say when those storms threatened Friday night, they felt helpless.

"You could hear the hail, the roaring and the thunder," said Laurie Jaggers, a Louisville Red Cross Volunteer in Moore.

"They sent us into the hallway for about an hour and fifteen minutes and there were sirens going off and you know with the sirens going off, people were talking and of course nervous and scared," Jaggers told WDRB.

As Laurie and her group took shelter from Friday night's storms, she says their minds were with the people of Moore.

"It's heartbreaking because you're thinking about the people of Moore who we're feeding every day and we're talking with every day and making a relationship with every day and then all of a sudden this storm comes in and our hearts and minds are with them even though we are possibly in danger ourselves," said Jaggers.

They were also worried about the shelter kitchen they've been working out of and what would be left of it come Saturday morning.

"It was like Christmas morning. We came in and everything was intact, the kitchen was running," said Jaggers.

Laurie's group got to Moore on May 21st, the day after the first deadly tornado hit.

"It was just like a war zone, what I imagine a war zone being. It was just horrific," she said.

They've been serving over 2,000 meals a day to locals and supporting them in any way possible.

"We're not going to just feed and give you a shovel. We're going to take the time to listen to your story and what your long term needs are and short term needs are, " Jaggers told WDRB.

Laurie says they're focusing on one obstacle at a time and trying to keep spirits strong as they go.

"They are the strongest people and determined to get back on track and not let anything get them down," she said.

The Red Cross Louisville chapter has teams on standby should they need more help.

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