110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted May 21, 2013 - 7:19:10pm
Susie Macon is well known in Downtown DeLand as a tireless volunteer for MainStreet DeLand and other organizations. She decided to take a break and visit her sister, Kathryn "Kathy" Hassinger in Norman, Okla., which is a bit south of Oklahoma City and directly south of Moore, Okla., which bumps up against Oklahoma City.
Macon got there in time to survive two days of tornadoes May 19 and 20.
Macon said she's grateful her family came through the tornadoes with no injuries.
"My sister has five children and eight grandchildren. Nobody was hurt," she said.
Macon's nephew, Jim Hassinger, who lives on the outskirts of Oklahoma City, didn't survive entirely unscathed. May 20's EF-5 tornado destroyed his house. Fortunately, no one was home when the tornado hit around 3:30 p.m. or so.
This tornado was originally classified as an EF4. The National Weather service upgraded that today, Tuesday, May 21, to an EF5, the strongest category of tornadoes measured, with winds of 200-210 mph.
The Oklahoma medical examiner's office said 24 people have been confirmed dead, including nine children, CNN reported May 21. The death toll may rise as rescue operations continue.
The desire to help touched West Volusians, along with news of the devastation.
Debbie's Health Foods at 862 Saxon Blvd. in Orange City and Volusia Elite All-Star Cheer and Dance Gym are accepting donations for the Oklahoma tornado victims. Family members will be leaving for Oklahoma Thursday, May 23, to help family, friends and other tornado victims. They will take with them any donations. Non-perishable foods, gift cards or any other supplies will be appreciated.
Call Debbie at 386-775-7002 or call Bruce at 407-416-5819 for more information.
Donate to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org.
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