"Grandma is fine," her son texted. "She is at my house. Mom, everything is gone. There is nothing left, anywhere. All of the pictures, all grandma's stuff, all my pictures, my letter jacket, my college degree from OU. There's nothing left."
In another part of Moore, Lando Hite was shirtless, his hair and body caked with mud, as he described what happened at a horse and entertainment farm.
"It was just like the movie 'Twister,'" he told CNN affiliate KFOR. "There were horses and stuff flying around everywhere."
The tornado slammed into the Orr Family Farm, which had about 80 horses. It damaged several barns; Hite was worried that most of the animals had been killed.
"I tried to let some of the horses out of their stalls so that they would have a chance," said Hite.
The building he took shelter in moved about 100 feet, he said, when the twister hit.
A woman told CNN that she saw a horse after the twister. The animal was bleeding, but alive.
It's personal for National Guard
Tuesday morning, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb spoke to CNN affiliate KOKI from a Dick's Sporting Goods parking lot.
"I'm not a pessimist and I have a lot of faith and a lot of hope, but just with the enormity and severity of this storm..." he trailed off.
At least 85 patients were at a local trauma center. Of those, roughly 60 are children, Lamb said.
But he insisted that Oklahomans stay positive.
"Let's focus on the good news for a moment, the good news is that in the overnight hours, 101 survivors were found," he said. "I talked to a (National) Guardsman early this morning. He told me he found three bodies overnight, but his eyes got brighter as he said he found an elderly couple holding onto one another in their shelter scared to death. But they're alive and well today.
"So thank you to the men and women who are providing the search and rescue right now."
CNN spoke with several guard members overnight. They live in and around Moore when they aren't deployed. Like so many others, some of them were searching for their own family members, too.
"You don't ever think about it as much when you're at home," said Spc. Josh Gragert. "When you see the devastation and people who are affected by it ... it really hits hard."