VIDEO: Baton Rouge-native captures footage of Oklahoma tornado

Photo and video provided by Will Boutte.
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POSTED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 10:13am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 1:32pm

A Baton Rouge-native was two miles from the direct path of destruction in Moore, Oklahoma. He captured the terrifying sight of the massive twister that killed 24 people, including nine children.

“It sounded like a group of jet planes flying low to the ground,” Will Boutte said. “You could see debris flying about 100 to 200 feet in the air.”

Boutte was staying at the Comfort Inn to work in the area. He arrived in Moore on Wednesday, May 15 to help file insurance claims for hail damage. Little did he know he was about to in the middle of a devastating series of storms.

“I was in between two tornadoes the day before,” he said. “One was about 20 miles north and the other was about 20 miles south.”

Then, on Monday, the sirens sounded and a two-mile-wide twister flattened the area.

“You could hear all the transformers blowing out as it crossed the Interstate,” Boutte recalled.

Click here to view a photo gallery of damage.

The task of recovery is what remains. Today, volunteers from across Louisiana packed up their vehicles and headed out to provide assistance.

“The basic human spirit is that we go to help,” Nancy Malone, Baton Rouge chapter of the American Red Cross, said. “When you’re needed, you go.”

NBC33’s Danielle Grossman talked with a Baton Rouge couple who left this morning to provide assistance. She will have their story tonight on NBC33 News at 5:00.



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