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Oklahoma military mom tries to reach family after more tornadoes hit

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Melanie Voss is far from home at a time when deadly tornados couldn't have hit any closer.

At their Murphy Canyon house, Voss and her Oklahoma-born children anxiously await updates and pictures from El Reno - their hometown - and where her disabled mother still lives.

"I've been calling friends trying to tell them you know get to my mother, find out if she's okay," said Voss.

Blinding rain and terrifying twisters are again crippling the Oklahoma City area - still reeling from an EF5 tornado that hit Moore on May 20.

Friday's storms have been deadly as well but without the strength of a tornado capable of maximum damage.

"When they aren't F5's, that is a sigh of relief," she said.

Donated bags of supplies sit in her  driveway until Voss finds a way to get them to Oklahoma.

"Whatever I can do," she modestly says, "I'll do it."

Even after helping get 300 boxes to Moore last week, Voss feels like a bystander 1,300 miles away.

"Out here there's really nothing I can do and I don't know what's going on so it's quite helpless," she adds.

It's been a stressful two weeks for Voss and a tragic one for many of her Oklahoma friends.

However, even in an extreme tornado season, she says her home state will always be in good hands.

"It bands a community together, you're going to help each other," said Voss. "I don't care where I live, that's always going to be my home."

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