What It Looks Like to Have an EF5 Tornado Pass Right By Your Shelter

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May 22 2013 2:21 PM

What It Looks Like to Have an EF5 Tornado Pass Right By Your Shelter

Charles Gafford III had taken refuge in his storm shelter on Monday when he realized there was a small gap that he could stick his cellphone through to film the powerful twister that tore through Moore, Okla. (Personally, I would have had a slightly different reaction to the discovery of the gap.) This is what he saw:

Full credit for the impressive grip strength on display—an EF5 twister comes with winds topping 200 miles per hour—but significantly less credit to the shelter's builders who opted for the skylight. Storm shelters: You're doing it wrong!

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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