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Baylor fans have family in path of Texas tornadoes

9:26 PM, Apr 3, 2012   |    comments
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Baylor's campus is in Waco, but many fans are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Some of their homes and families are in the areas hardest hit by the storms.

As they cheered on their women's basketball team, they were also checking their phones for updates from home.

Baylor fan Dave Lobban lives near Dallas and says it's almost worse not being there.

"We just watched semis just being blown around. It's the scariest thing because you have no control. I am totally concerned about what's going on," Lobban said.

Sirens went off in Lobban's neighborhood so his family and their dog took cover in the closet.

"In the back of my mind, I'm worried about my house. I'm worried about my family," Lobban said.

Lobban and many others were constantly on their phones Tuesday. Service was spotty but text messages were getting through.

Lobban got word his family was OK.

Cenee Precure finally reached her husband by phone Tuesday afternoon. He was in Dallas on business and had to take cover at the airport - in the basement of Love Field, an airport in the area.

Others, like Jamey Barnett, were still waiting for word.

"It's just scary. I'm scared. I have an uncle that lives in Rowlett and the tornadoes hit Mesquite which is very close. I heard there were sirens and then they went to go hide and then the phone cut out," Barnett said.

Baylor fans were trying to focus on the reason they came to Denver - but the devastation in the Dallas-Fort Worth area makes it difficult.

"This is the first time that I've had anybody that's seriously been affected. I just hope that they're okay," Barnett said.

Just as these Texans rallied for the Lady Bears, Lobban says they'll also rally for their neighbors.

"We're worried about it. We're worried. We will take care of each other," Lobban said.

Many Baylor fans are supposed to fly home Wednesday. Flight delays in the Dallas area could keep some of those fans in Denver a bit longer.

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