This account was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for accuracy.
When a tornado touched down in Moore, Okla,. around 6:30 pm on a March evening in 2015, it ended the year's unusually slow start to tornado season. One Moore resident and her beloved pets were safe inside their Survive-A-Storm shelter installed just hours before the tornado hit. While sitting there inside her Survive-A-Storm Extreme Shelter, she couldn't help but be thankful the install team came when they did. Although some weather pros warned that tornadoes might be in the weather picture that day, no tornado warning was issued for Moore before the tornado hit that night. The F1 tornado devastated a trailer park near the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs, left one dead, sent nine to the hospital, and left more than 20,000 residents without power the next morning.
Moore resident Melanie Ross Douvillier and her two dogs weathered the storm safely inside their Survive-A-Storm shelter, installed just three hours before the tornado hit. The storm damaged buildings, tore off roofs, and left debris strewn across roads. The installation process took just two and a half hours and left them safe, dry, and grateful for the protection. Here's her story, which she shared on social media, along with these photos:
"Just had my Survive-A-Storm shelter installed at 3 pm today! (Was picked out of the Moore, OK lottery for a free shelter), NEVER thought I would be in it 3 hours later! I live off 19th and Eastern in Moore. My dogs posing in the shelter!"
Melanie's comment prompted a response from Michelle DePorter, another satisfied Survive-A-Storm Shelters customer who hunkered down in her ShelterCube Extreme during the same storm.
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Coverage of the tornado in Moore
While Melanie and her pets were safe in their Survive-A-Storm shelter, KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan and helicopter pilot Jon Welsh provided live coverage of the storm on the evening news, as it moved through Moore. "This will be the 'tornado' that breaks the drought for March," said Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist for the Storm Prediction Center, before the storms hit. Other twisters formed along a line from southwest of Oklahoma City to the east of Tulsa, and some touched down in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas. Before that week, only about two dozen twisters had been recorded in 2015. During the same three-month period in other years, a count of about 120 is typical. The last time the U.S. had no twisters in March was nearly 50 years before that, according to figures from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.