Published: May 21, 2013 5:09 PM EDT
Updated: May 21, 2013 5:34 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- WINK News is talking to southwest Floridians who have family, and friends in Moore. They have been anxiously trying to find out if everyone is okay.   

April Ritter's cousin Kimberly recorded the moment the monster tornado ripped through Moore.

At her home in Cape Coral, all Ritter can do is watch while glued to the devastation and her phone. "Wanting to make sure everybody is ok and wishing I was there to help," she said. 


Luckily she learned her family and friends in Moore survived, even if one of their homes did not.


"One of my friends sent me a picture Monday. Her house is gone her and her 6 year old little girl got hurt, and her husband got hurt, but they're ok," she said. 


Niamh Moore and her husband Joseph graduated from Cape Coral High School in 2007. Joseph serves in the military, and has family in the devastated city.


The couple was in a nearby town on vacation when the twister touched down. "It's basically like a warzone. Right now there's natural gas leaks, there's water leaking," Moore said.


On Monday they helped with the clean-up and rescue efforts. In one instance, Joseph lifted a mattress up to save two dogs.

"It's completely surreal. It's almost like you're not even in your own body," she said. "You see it so much on the television and you never think you'd be there to see something like it." 


The Moore's say their family also survived the storm. But say, there are people are walking around with nothing. 
They tried to get back Tuesday to help again, but are not allowed back, because the area is not safe.