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Arkansas Business - Tornadoes Spark Increased Interest in Storm Shelters

Destruction is giving way to innovation for Arkansas’ storm shelter manufacturers and retailers, who are reporting increased interest in their products in the aftermath of recent tornadoes.

Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute, essentially a storm shelter proving ground, has tested and approved six shelters from Arkansas in the past two years. At the NWI debris impact lab, repeated volleys of two-by-fours are shot out of a long, cylindrical “tornado cannon” at speeds of up to 100 mph to simulate the pummeling that shelters must withstand in a storm.

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