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OK father remembers 2 daughters lost in tornado


MOORE, OK (WKOW) – After the deadly tornado that ripped through central Oklahoma on Monday, the families of some of the victims still haven't taken the time to grieve the loss of loved ones.

They say there's too much woke to be done.

Phillip Vargyas lost two children in the devastating EF5 tornado that destroyed two elementary schools and leveled neighborhoods.  He says there's a lot to do before he can return to any semblance of a normal life, but right now he's driven by a mental to-do list.

Vargyas says, "I know that I've got a lot of grieving to do, but at the same time, there's a lot of work that needs to be done and I have to move forward with that, and my wife's been supportive through it all. She's a strong woman. I'm proud of her." 

Vargyas says he wants to stay as close to his community as possible to ease the transition on his family, especially his other two children.

The father who lost two of his children in the tornado remembers his daughters fondly.  Four-year-old Karinna wanted to be an ice skater and his baby Sydney just crawled for the first time on Sunday.

"I actually made a joke saying being you're an Okie it's fitting you crawled for the first time when there was tornadoes, because there were some Sunday as well. Unfortunately, she was taken from me on Monday. But at least we have that lasting memory. I got to see her crawl before she was taken," says Vargyas.

The next phase of recovery and debris removal is making progress but weather could delay it a bit.  More thunderstorms are expected to hit the region throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

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