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Caroline County nurse survives, helps victims of campground tornado


A Caroline County nurse, Crystal Brooks, was on the Cherrystone campground when the tornado touched down.

"Campers are annihilated," said Brooks. "It just looks like a war zone in there. It is just total devastation."

Brooks jumped into action after the storm passed. She went straight to the most critically injured victims.

"I just had, too," said Brooks. "People needed help. You just go."

 Brooks says she will never forget one elderly woman.

"I crawled in a camper upside down and sat with her because she was unable to move," said Brooks. "She was in excruciating pain."

An E-F 1 tornado left behind a path of death and destruction

"I thought it was it for me. I thought I was going to die," said Lorraine Klutoski who was visiting from New Jersey. "I've been through quite a few storms here because I've been coming here like 35 years, but this was the worst."

Northampton High School became a shelter for the campground families. Members of the community brought food, clothing, and even games for small children.

"They did a fantastic job," said volunteer Vicky Allgeier. "Everyone from the bus drivers to the teachers who were working the summer program came up to help."

Lorraine is just happy she survived the storm.

"I'm lucky," said Lorraine. "I'm luckier than some. God was with me. It wasn't my day."

The Red Cross is helping families find shelter.

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