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If you live -- storm ravaged Moore Oklahoma this afternoon as the recovery effort gets underway here in earnest.
We're getting a much better look at just what Monday's to a deadly twister did to the community.
Preliminary estimates are out now and they indicate those winds which topped 200 miles an hour.
Devastated in the area to cover some thirty square miles.
That's eight square miles larger than the town of Moore Oklahoma itself.
Police have closed off hard hit neighborhoods but.
They haven't given access to -- Casey Stegall.
He's live now driving in one of those areas in what we call our quick response vehicle Casey.
Jeopardy -- -- driving on fifteenth street here in Moore Oklahoma let's get right to the live pictures we have cameras mounted on both sides of the truck and this gives you some perspective.
In terms of what it looks like not just standing in one location but as you would drive -- five miles per hour which is about how fast we're going right now.
And you can see for yourself off to the right there's us someone's -- SUV and you see those spray painted -- those marks.
That is when emergency crews first came through and determined that that was given the all clear no -- we switched to left side of the vehicle look at that this is what we are seeing.
All over the place as we come through here those are presumably homeowners or at least friends of someone who owns what's left of that home.
Digging through what they can.
And you can literally see them putting stuff into boxes they're looking for pictures they're looking for jewelry they're looking for anything that is possibly salvageable.
And off against the right we're gonna make a -- another turn here we're headed now back in the east direction toward interstate 35.
And you can see that the roofers and people are coming in.
The power companies are coming in there trying to restore power clear the power lines out of the road and -- one more time switch to the left.
The first responders there off talking about woman in the pink shirt there.
-- it seems as if that maybe her husband or someone.
There you know in next to the wheelchair.
If you drive through your shepherd and the thing is and you saw this from the air and as were riding through here.
We're looking at people's lives here I mean this is this was ones are normal neighborhood in a normal city -- -- normal street.
-- and now it's just obliterated and these people.
Stand here in front of what was once their homes once a place where they sat in their living -- watching their television programs with the family where.
Kids ate at the dinner table in the kitchens.
And now you see it just strewn out across -- field.
It's heartbreaking and it's powerful but the real thing that we hear time and again when we've talked to the people here.
It is that they are going to rebuild.
They did it in 1999.
And you you drive through here and you wonder how on earth do you even begin.
It's a little bit at a time it's every single shovels scoop it's every single bit.
And it's possible they know it and to stand here and seen people with smiles on their faces when they're looking through what's left.
It's encouraging shepherd.
It is encouraging it and I've said it many times in the word -- over used but these are inspiring people.
-- I've covered disasters all over this country.
And I got to tell you not not everybody reacts to disaster in the way that the people here do I wanna I wanna let our our viewers know that the delay is very long on the audio.
But I wanted to ask you.
If you if you agree what what really has struck me as you as you drive of these neighborhoods.
Is not what you see here in what you see here but.
The fact that you can go for miles and see the same thing.
Yeah exactly you know we just took you basically -- five -- 67 blocks may be and that's just the tip of it I mean I could sit here and talk with you.
For thirty minutes and be driving down the road at this.
-- stuff to show you.
It is so widespread it is so devastating.
And again Shepperd as you kind of mentioned the fact that this is a major populated area this was not out in a rule farming community.
This is a suburb of Oklahoma City a major metropolitan area in this country.
And that's why the destruction is so great as you drive through it's why it's so widespread and really quite astonishing.
You know you don't ever want to diminish the fact that the 24 people lost their lives ten of those.
Young children two of those infants you never want to diminish that but the fact that there were not.
More than a hundred people killed like in Joplin Missouri we -- for example it's astonishing when you see.
That someone was in one of those homes we've been showing you and they came out alive.
-- It really is Casey -- with a where they really telling look from our quick response vehicle.
The live cameras there that Casey thank you so much for that.
We we we realize that there's a lot of recovery to be done here.
But I can't stress how impressive it is -- they've already gotten accomplished.
Hats off to you -- more and beyond.
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