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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Oklahoma is tornado country, home to some of the most wicked weather on the planet.

Until now, our best defense against Mother Nature was racing to a "designated safe room," garage or backyard to take refuge in an underground shelter.

Tim Wick, the senior associate dean of the School of Engineering at UAB, said, "Seconds matter in those kinds of terrible storms. Life or death really."

Engineers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham are using their skills in military ballistics to stop Mother Nature.

Thousands of research hours and two years of development and testing have resulted in unique storm panels. They are built to protect people against flying debris.

The inventors claim the panels are equivalent to six inches of concrete and made from 50% recycled milk jugs.

"We are saving lives," Wick said.

But can these revolutionary storm panels really withstand Mother Nature's absolute worst?

Tuesday at 10 p.m., we are putting the panels to the test. We'll fire a barrage of debris at the walls with a high powered canon. The results will amaze you!