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Tornado victim feels safer with storm shelter in home

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Julieanne Rodriguez's home was destroyed during the 2011 storms, so she made sure when she rebuilt it would be better. Julieanne Rodriguez's home was destroyed during the 2011 storms, so she made sure when she rebuilt it would be better.
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Wednesday's weather brought on some of the same concern from April 27, 2011.  Since those storms hit our area, many people have rebuilt their homes but made them better to prepare for Mother Nature.

Julieanne Rodriguez's home was destroyed during those storms, so she made sure when she rebuilt it would be better.

 "The anxiety was through the roof," she recalls of April 27, 2011.  "You always hear about tornadoes and tornado watches and warnings, but you just never really anticipate how bad it's going to be. I think it was a shock to most because when you hear tornado warning, people tend to brush it off; so when it hit, and it hit hard, I think it put everybody in a state of shock and I think you get a sense of respect for the weather." 

Rodriguez hid in a closet in her Anderson Hills home nearly two years ago to ride out the storm.  Since then, she's built back and added one potentially lifesaving addition: a storm shelter. 

The shelter was built in the garage and can hold up to eight people. 

Rodriguez also put a safe box at the stairs in case she ever needs to wait out a storm there.

She said many of her neighbors who chose to rebuild also made sure to have a storm shelter in their homes.

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