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May 21st, 2013
11:47 PM ET

Inside a personal tornado shelter

CNN's Gary Tuchman takes a look at a metal storm shelter in Moore that survived the deadly Oklahoma tornado while the house above it was completely destroyed. At least 24 people, including nine children, died in the region after the winds, peaking around 200 miles per hour, pummeled the town.

The sliding door of the shelter reveals a small space that could hold a few family members and a limited amount of belongings for a short period of time. In this particular shelter, there are materials inside although the owners didn't use it on Monday because they left the area.

If you're wondering why every school and home isn't equipped with a sturdy shelter, Gary says it's not economically feasible, and it's not required by law. A small-sized shelter can cost thousands of dollars.

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  1. Jan Michal

    Thank you for highlighting the heroic acts of the teachers in Oklahoma! I am a newly retired teacher with 35 years of service. We call it "service" for a reason! I don't know a teacher past or present who wouldn't have gone to every length to save kids in their charge. It's nice to be recognized for it! I appreciate it. Keep up the great work!

    May 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm |