Members of the WVU baseball team are safe after a devastating tornado passed about 10 miles to the south of where the team is staying this week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The F-4 tornado wiped out parts of Moore, Okla., on Monday afternoon. Tornado warning sirens went off in downtown Oklahoma City.

MetroNews Sports anchor Kyle Wiggs, traveling with the team, watched the devastation happening just a few miles away.

“I grew up in the Midwest and I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Wiggs said.

The tornado was on the ground for at least 15 minutes and it could have been more than two miles wide. Reports indicate it took out two schools.

Wiggs said the tornado may turn out to be one of the worst, if not the worst, in the history of Oklahoma.

Meteorologists and storm experts in Oklahoma City were giving advanced warning, he said.

“The guy we were watching forewarned of this tornado for at least an hour. He had it pinpointed for almost exactly where it hit and he was warning people 30 minutes, 45 minutes out that this storm was coming right toward this area of Moore, Oklahoma,” Wiggs said.

WVU baseball team members were safe in their downtown Oklahoma City hotel. They are scheduled to play in the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday.

By Monday night, once the casualties in Moore became apparent, the Mountaineers decided to help with the relief effort. They bought clothes and supplies from an Oklahoma City store and intended to deliver the goods to storm victims in the storm-ravaged suburbs.

The Twitter accounts of coaches and players showed their minds weren’t on baseball, as they sought to assist.

WVU coach Randy Mazey tweeted, “Our team is safe from tornado, missed us by 5-10 miles. Trying to get team to Moore, OK to help. Wouldn’t let us in today, families first.”

From outfielder Kevin Cohen: “Just met a lady who lost everything today, besides her family…Im glad we were able to supply her with the necessities she needed.”

Pitcher brock Dykxhoorn: “Absolutely the most humbling night of my life. #PrayForOklahoma. #Hope”

First baseman Ryan McBroom: “Take nothing for granted, giving back to the state of Oklahoma for what they’re going through. Stay strong guys. Thoughts and prayers go out”

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Comments

  • Jim Ball

    Proud to be a mountaineer. Thanks guys!!!!

  • David

    As an Oklahoman living in SW OKC I wanted to say thank you to the WVU baseball team. I live less than a mile from where it hit and my son was at his high school less than a mile away. I have many friends that have lost everything. It is a very sad situation. Fans of WVU should be proud. You have a great group of players and your head coach is a stand-up guy. I am proud that WVU is a part of the Big12. As a Sooner fan, I will be cheering for the WVU baseball team in the tournament this week.

  • Steven

    My daughter just finished 2nd yr at WV...Mountaineers are always there for you..no matter who you are...god bless Ok.

  • cutty77

    This Baseball Team was picked last in The Big 12. Now they are helping The Great People of Olk.City from this terrible event. Mountaineers are always Free.

  • Tim walters

    So proud of these young men for helping out.Prayers go out to the families that have lost love ones.

  • Bob Melphis

    It is refreshing to read about student - athletes in a positive light. Too often the media dwells only on the negative. Proud to be a WVU alum on days like this. Great job young men!

  • Brandy

    This Okie and OSU fan wants to say thank you to the wonderful young men of the WVU baseball team for your efforts to jump in and help in the aftermath of the horrible tornado that struck Moore and other communities in Oklahoma yesterday. WVU can be proud of the way these guys are representing their school - they obviously have a lot of character and heart.

  • JJ

    Very nice of the coaches and players to spend their own money to help out the devastated area.

  • Wayne Arrington

    It's a great day to be proud of the Mountaineers, and showing the true nature of what West Virginians are really made of. May GOD give peace and comfort to the people affected.

  • Max

    God Bless all you WV guys ! Your hearts are in the right place. You make all of us here in WV proud ! :)

  • Mary Jo

    Very proud of our WVU team.

  • Alicia

    Very proud to be from this amazing state and very proud of the guys. Like someone else said win or loose this is definitely your finest hour!

  • Janet Jones

    I was very impressed with how friendly everyone was in Charleston when we (OU) were up there a few weeks ago. Thanks so very much to all the WV SAs for their efforts in this tragic event.

  • shepherdstown

    By responding to the needs of the folks who have been devastated by this tornado, this team is representing West Virginians as we really are. I could not be prouder of Coach Mazey and his players.

    Even if they were to go on and win the College World Series this is their finest hour.

  • Harpers Ferry

    No matter how the team performs in the the Big 12 Tourney (and hopefully the NCAA tourney), this is a team we all should be proud of.