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June 19, 2013

DHS grad ‘Hey mom, there’s a tornado..., I didn’t make it through security.’

DUNCAN — Two tornados were spotted and National Weather Service confirmed that one touched down at Denver International Airport around 2:18 p.m. Tuesday.

Duncan resident Jamie Carberry was going through the security checkpoints as she waited to board a plane home after a short vacation there. That’s when the alert was sounded and people began taking cover. She called her mother, Carrie Carberry, The Banner’s Advertising Director, to tell her of the warning. She told her mom there was a tornado warning and she didn’t quite make it through the security section. She didn’t see anything outside, but took shelter along with the other passengers.

Her uncle, Brian Carberry, had just left the airport and was in his car heading out of the airport when the tornado touched down.

During this, The Banner’s news editor, Toni Hopper, contacted KRDO.com through its Facebook page for confirmation of the tornado report and they responded noting that NWS Boulder, Colo., had tweeted winds reported at 96 miles per hour, but as the tornado went over the DIA weather station, it stopped working.

Photos were immediately posted online by thedenverchannel.com, shot by 7News (Denver) photographer Cory Reppenhegen, and also on other Denver news outlets, showing the tornado as it formed and touched down near planes and vehicles.

Carberry is a 2013 Duncan High School graduate and has lived in Oklahoma most of her life.

“I just wanted to get through security,” Carberry told The Banner of what went through her mind. She wasn’t able to hear sirens, but the airport issued an audio alert for everyone to take shelter.  Passengers all seemed calm, Carberry said.

NWS issued the tornado warning just after 2 p.m. for southern Adams and northwestern Arapahoe counties. The warning expired at 2:45 p.m.

Carberry’s plane departed on time and arrived back in Oklahoma City as scheduled.

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