LYONS, Ind. (WTHI) - News 10 asked its Facebook followers Tuesday morning whether anyone, locally, had family or friends in the tornado ravaged area of Moore, Oklahoma. One of the more impressive responses came from Barbie Byarley of Lyons, IN, in Greene County.
"She just said there was a lot of devastation. She was kind of disappointed she didn't get to go to school this morning, because today's her last day! But she was just glad everybody was OK," Byarley shared, speaking of her cousin, Kayla Jessie, 17, who lives directly in Moore.
Byarley said Kayla will be a junior next fall at her high school – a brick-and-mortar building young Kayla sought refuge in on Monday afternoon, as the twisters picked other targets.
"It's un-believable," said Barbie as she sifted through her cousin's Facebook pictures; frightening images that include, among other things, a massive black funnel cloud looming outside Kayla's school.
Kayla also wrote an entry on-line that brought loved ones like Barbie some relief from miles away.
"I'm finally home safe," Kayla wrote. "Not much (cell phone) reception so, if you text me and call..."
Bottom line is, despite the terrible devastation out west and the lives lost, Barbie Byarley's loved ones were spared.
"Their house is perfectly fine, it never touched their house -- or (Kayla's) school. It went by her school. I think she said it was like 2-miles away from the high school."
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