Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Oklahoma tornado: Survivor finds her missing dog during television interview

Thursday May 23, 2013 - 08:08 EST

An amazing video shows an Oklahoma tornado survivor being reunited with her dog when it is found in the rubble of her flattened house as she is being interviewed on US television.

The woman, named by US media as Barbara Garcia, is seen in the standing amid the remnants of her razed house recounting the terrifying moment the supercell storm struck.

"I was sitting on a stool holding my dog, this was the game plan for over 30 years, to go in that little bathroom," she told the TV news crew.



"The electrics went off in the bathroom about the same time as I felt the stool come up out of the floor.

"I rolled around a little bit... I never lost consciousness. I hollered for my little dog and he didn't answer, he didn't come so I know he's in here somewhere," Mrs Garcia said, gesturing at the debris.

"It was there and it was gone. Just... just no time. And then it was light."

The CBS reporter then asked if she was able to fully comprehend what had happened.

"I know exactly what happened here. Exactly. This is life in the big city," she said.

It is at that moment that a crew member spots the woman's dog trapped under an appliance, with wiring over its face.

The dog, reportedly named Cathy - is pulled - seemingly unharmed - from the rubble and is reunited with its emotional owner.

"I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be OK, but he answered both of them because this was my second prayer," she said.

"Bless your little sweet heart."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Wild weather on the way for New South Wales

12:42 EST

After a month of mostly high pressure, a cold front and trough will bump away the high and bring some woolly weather later this week to parts of New South Wales.

Turbulent skies over WA's interior

10:55 EST

Following a week of generally clear weather over the interior of WA, thundery clouds and a strong jetstream are leading to storm activity and some magnificent cloud features observable on satellite.

Skyrocketing beanies caused by winter

15:00 EST

We're now past the shortest day of the year and well into winter, so just how wintry is it in southeastern Australia? A weak cold front has just clipped Victoria and southeastern New South Wales, bringing with it frequent showers and fresh winds.