JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As the nation continues to react to the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, social media is helping locals along the First Coast find their friends and family there.
Sierra Juniper turned on her laptop and opened Facebook after she got tired of dealing with a lack of cell phone reception.
"We know that in tornado season, there is always going to be some kind of destruction but you never think it's going to be that close to home," said Juniper.
Juniper, spent the last 12 years living in Yukon, Oklahoma, and her parents are still there.
So, the social media site gave her a sense of calm after chatting with her six friends and getting word they were all safe.
Her friends described the chaotic scene through the chat box, "the streets were blocked off and they couldn't get to their home."
Dozens of people along the First Coast turned to Facebook and our First Coast News page to share their story.
Penney Kelley wrote, "Just spoke with my cousin on Facebook who lives 15 minutes north of site of tornado. Her family is safe."
Jan Giannelli wrote, "Connected with my brother who is in OKC and thankfully ok."
Words of encouragement and a sign of relief that their friends and family who live in the path of destruction are alive.
First Coast News