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Tornado hits close to home for DC resident originally from Moore, Okla.

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WASHINGTON -

For Joshua Gibson, the tornado 2,000 from here hit too close to home.

"When it first touched down," the 31-year-old federal worker tells us, "the projection that the weathermen were giving was literally directly over my parent's house."

Gibson lives and works in the District of Columbia, but grew up in Moore, Okla. His family still lives there.

"They were virtually untouched," he tells us from his office computer -- showing us photos emailed to him from relatives and friends back home. "And I think it shows the difference between what a half a mile can make when you're talking about a storm of this magnitude."

The Moore Medical Center, less than a mile from his parent's house, was destroyed.

"You think a bomb went off," Gibson says. "You can't imagine that that's natural. That that was caused by essentially wind."

Gibson says he was watching television reports in a conference room Monday as the tornado smashed through his hometown.

"If you've lived in the Midwest for any period of time, you kind of get used to the possibility that these storms are going to happen," he says. "But when they do, there's no way to run from it. There's no way to prepare for it. You just pray to God that you live through it."

Gibson's mother, grandfather and sister's dog, Dante, rode out the storm in a hallway of their house.

"And the reason they weren't in better shelter is not because they are daring," Gibson says. "But my grandfather is in a wheelchair and my mother wasn't able to get him up and into a bathtub."

They made it through with just a yard full of debris.

"Literally people's lives. Stuff that was half an hour before was in their home is now half a mile away in my parent's yard,” says Gibson.

Like many other Oklahomans living in this area, Gibson says he can't get home right now to help out, so he'll be attending a fundraiser for the Oklahoma Red Cross at Union Pub on Capitol Hill Thursday night.


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