Former WREX employee captures Oklahoma tornado destruction - – Rockford’s News Leader

Former WREX employee captures Oklahoma tornado destruction


Two former WREX employees now living in Oklahoma are safe after the deadly F-5 tornado tore through the city of Moore. Former 13-News Today anchor Alex Wherley and former photographer Reed Seiler were not injured in the storm.

Seiler is a Boone County native, and just celebrated his first week at his new TV station near where the tornado hit. He took pictures of the devastation and sent them back to WREX. Seiler said the night of the storm, he finished work around 6. Then at midnight, he got called in to head to Moore. Seiler said the number one thing that stuck with him is the smell of burning debris.

"I wouldn't consider myself an emotional person but today I went to Briarwood Elementary and I saw what these kids probably had to go through. Its crazy. There's a neighborhood right behind Briarwood, which is probably I'm going to say about the size of Candlewick. Just demolished. It looked like a war zone. That's what everyone here keeps describing, is a war zone," said Seiler.

Seiler was editing at his station when the tornado came through. His advice to people back home is to take Eric Sorenson's storm warnings seriously.

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