FORT ALLEN, Pa. (KDKA) — People whose homes were destroyed in the Hempfield Township tornado in 2011 are reacting to the devastation in Oklahoma.

“Once you’re in a tornado, it’s something you don’t forget,” said Dolores Marcheleovich, of Fort Allen.

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The Hempfield tornado was not nearly as strong as the one in Oklahoma, but the danger was real.

“Any tornado can be tragic and life-threatening,” said Dan Stevens, of the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety.

It has taken the people of Fort Allen more than two years to regain a sense of normalcy, and it’s a process that continues today.

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As they watch the process beginning in Oklahoma, they are sending good thoughts that way.

“I would say praise Him in the storm. Praise Him in the storm, that’s what I would say,” said Felicia Dillie, of Fort Allen.

“Pray a lot,” said Marcheleovich. “Have a lot of faith in God. Stick with your family no matter what.”

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