Norman community ahead of tornado season

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NORMAN, Okla. – It might be winter now but this week’s mild weather reminds us spring is right around the corner.

Unfortunately, that means tornado season as well.

One Norman neighborhood is ahead of the storm with a unique “community” shelter.

The Fiddlers Green Homeowners Association decided back in October to construct this above-ground shelter.

This safe haven can fit about 78 people inside. Tornado shelter Norman

The neighborhood opted for an above-ground shelter instead of below ground because this is a retirement community.

Many of the residents aren’t able to climb stairs.

The shelter was designed to withstand an EF 5 tornado.

The walls are about eight inches of concrete and the entire building is reinforced with about 20,000 pounds of steel.