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HOLT, Ala. - It only took 20 seconds.
Elaine Davis and her husband Keith huddled together on patio furniture at the bottom of a Cold War-era bomb shelter as the tornado passed over them, just 15 feet above them.
"My husband could feel the pressure," said Elaine, who could see a blast of debris particles stream into the shelter from around the door cracks. "There was a big gust of wind and dust. It's still terrifying to me."
When she felt it was finally safe, she lifted the latches of the rusted metal door, looked through a crack and called to her husband, known to everyone as Butch.
"I said to Butch, 'The house is gone, the truck is gone,'" Elaine said.
That was more than a week ago.
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