JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As we continue to monitor the tornado damage out of Oklahoma we hear from local residents who have lived in the Oklahoma and some of the other states in the area known as tornado alley.
"The damage that it can cause...sometimes you just can't even imagine it," says Orange Park resident Rich Carey
Carey is an army vet who was stationed in Kansas and Oklahoma for a number of years and says he's seen several tornadoes. He says preparation pays off because there's often very little notice when one is coming.
"You know 40 minutes, boom! It's just there and it catches you off guard."
Carey says there's no telling who will be spared and who won't with a tornado.
"You could see your neighbor's house completely gone and yours is untouched," says Carey. "It's just hard to imagine that."
He says though the recovery efforts will be long and tiring, many take solace in the fact that they may have lost their possessions but they didn't lose their lives and neither did their loved ones. Then, of course, you have those individuals who aren't so lucky and do tragically lose their lives at the hands of Mother Nature. Carey says it's these kind of threats that make him think twice about ever moving back.
"Once you start having family and stuff it kind of gets scary," he says.