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Oklahoma Native Checks on Her Home State From Mandan

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An Oklahoma woman now living in Mandan says news clips of the devastation in her home state have been hard to watch, but she is glued to her facebook finding out how friends and family are doing.

"This is my friend that is not sure if her home is still there, let's check... Home still standing!"

Melissa Hammond is originally from Oklahoma.

She and her two kids moved up to North Dakota in 2011 after her husband got a job in the oil patch.

Her hometown is around two and a half hours south of Moore--where the majority of the tornado devastation is.

She says she's been staying updated with loved ones mostly on facebook, but knows first-hand how scary tornadoes can be.

"It hit me a lot harder than I thought I would, because like I said I have 5, 6 families that I was kind of tracking people that I know and that kind of thing, but just laying in bed last night crying, you know 2:30 in the morning, watching these videos people are posting, you hear about these kids that didn't make it, you know I have two kids of my own, and so you just wake up and think, my God what's feel like to not have your kids this morning, It's God awful." says Melissa Hammond, moved from North Dakota to Oklahoma.

Some of her loved ones have lost property--but everyone she knows survived.

Melissa has planned a trip with her kids down to Oklahoma in the next few weeks.

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