Monday’s deadly tornado traveled a 17 mile path for 40 minutes and was 1.3 miles wide at some points, taking out homes in Oklahoma along a route that was eerily similar to the EF5 tornado that powered through the same area in 1999.
One woman has actually lost her house twice as a result of each of these tornadoes 14 years apart.
Nancy Davis, now 94, built a storm shelter after the May 3, 1999, tornado destroyed her home. This time around, the shelter provided protection for not only Davis, but six of her neighbors as well, according to a CBS News report.
“They know I have it for them,” Davis told CBS of the shelter.
Regarding losing her house — again — Davis wonders what she’s going to do.
“Am I going to go in a rest home? I don’t need to rest,” she said.
Watch CBS’ report:
Davis’ neighbor, who rode out the storm in her shelter, said he intends to rebuild his home and will include a storm cellar of his own this time.
Monday’s tornado killed at least 24 people, destroyed countless homes and reduced one elementary school almost entirely to rubble, killing seven children inside. More than 200 people were treated at area hospitals.
Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird said Tuesday he was confident there are no more bodies or survivors in the rubble. Every damaged home had been searched at least once, Bird said, but his goal was to conduct three searches of each building just to be certain there were no more bodies or survivors.
The National Weather Service said the tornado, which was on the ground for 40 minutes, was a top-of-the-scale EF5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph – the first EF5 tornado of 2013.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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