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Rebecca Blaskie (left), with her mother Rhoda, talks to ABS-CBN.


OKLAHOMA CITY — A Fil-Am family survived the Oklahoma tornado by seeking refuge in their underground shelter.

ABS-CBN News reported that members of the Blaskie family hid in a shelter for two hours as the tornado packing winds of at least 200 mph hit Monday.

With tornados frequent in the area, most Oklahoma homes are built with shelters.

The Blaskie family has a four foot long six-foot-wide shelter buried some five feet into the ground, the report said.

A member of the family, 24-year-old Rebecca Blaskie, was working at the time as a bank assistant manager.

She and her co-workers hid underneath a neighboring building.

“I was on the ground covering in the dark and then you hear this loud rumble and the whistling,” Rebecca told ABS-CBN.

“But the worse thing, people just started screaming and crying out. I thought the worst was happening. I thought we were going to be sucked out of this basement.”

Rebecca’s Filipino fiancé Lenin Glass, her parents and three siblings huddled up monitoring Monday’s tornado, not knowing how safe Rebecca was.

A few pieces of debris fell onto their backyard but the tornado had skipped over their neighborhood.

“I was terrified knowing it was going to pass by my fiancée. That moment, you just don’t know what to think,” said Glass.

“It was really scary what happened. And I’m so relieved and really grateful when I see my daughter and I’d be able to hug her,” said her mother Rhoda.

The shopping center where Rebecca’s bank is located was left in ruins.

Several people in her building that did not find shelter had to be dug out of the rubble.

Her fiancé’s jeep is among the heap of cars scattered along the highway where the tornado hit the hardest.

“My house is okay,” Glass said. "I have friends, they lost their houses, there’s nothing left in their house that can be replaced. I’m glad they’re ok.”

As many as 13,000 homes were damaged or destroyed when the twister plowed through Oklahoma City.

Officials estimated the damage could top $2 billion.

Ten children were among the 24 killed.

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