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Atlanta woman from Moore, OK talks about tornado

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An Atlanta woman watched in horror as a massive tornado ripped through her hometown in Oklahoma.

Amanda Marsh called Moore, Okla. home for most of her life. Most of her relatives, including her parents and brother, still live there. Dozens of people were killed when a huge tornado tore through the town on Monday.

"They said the tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes straight. It was the longest 40 minutes of my life trying to find out if my brother was OK," Marsh said.

Unable to get through to anyone on the phone, Marsh turned to Facebook to slowly connect with relatives one by one.

"Your fingers shake when you're trying to type messages to people because you can't help it, because you just automatically start thinking the worst," Marsh said.

The devastating images seen on TV are familiar places for Amanda. Plaza Towers Elementary, where many young lives were lost, was where she went to school.

She lived through the record-breaking 1999 tornado that previously hit Moore with 300 mph winds.

"I remember the smells. I remember exactly what I saw when I came out. It all came flooding back today," she said. "You can hear all the noises hear people hollering wanting help."

While Marsh had been able to account for her immediate family, there are still many lifelong friends she's been unable to reach.

"It's one of those things -- until you hear from everybody, you're sitting on pins and needles," she said.

Marsh's parents rode out Monday's tornado in an emergency shelter.

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