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Wilmington woman responds to Oklahoma disaster

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MOORE, OK (WWAY) -- Tonight in Oklahoma the storms have calmed, but it will take some time for the folks there to recover.

At least 24 people including nine children were killed when a massive tornado struck the small town of Moore Monday afternoon. More than 200 people were injured. The National Weather Service says the massive tornado was a top-of-the-scale EF-5, packing winds of more than 200 miles per hour.

WWAY talked earlier by phone to Wilmington resident and American Red Cross Communications Director for Eastern NC, Autum Mihm, about her experience in the tornado-torn town.

"People have just lost everything. But what I've also seen is the community coming together rallying around everyone," Mihm said. "Also all of the organizations including the Red Cross are working diligently to make sure that their immediate needs are met and that not only are we taking care of things like sheltering, feeding, clothing but also taking into consideration their mental health and emotional well-being."

If you want to help, you can make a donation at http://www.redcross.org/. You can also make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

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