Oklahoma native's home destroyed for the second time

(CBS News) MOORE, Okla. - To lose your home to a tornado is incredible enough. But for one Moore, Okla., woman, it has now happened twice.

CBS News found Nancy Davis in the ruins of her home Tuesday, in the same spot as the house she lost 14 years ago. This time, she was able to help her neighbors.

George Stanley has lived in Oklahoma for sixty years.

"We stepped outside here and saw the clouds coming together," he said. "Told my wife, 'It's coming, it's going to form a tornado.'"

George Stanley
George Stanley
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But he'd never seen a storm like this one.

"Look at the debris coming up," he can be heard exclaiming in a video he recorded of the twister. Two minutes in, he realized the tornado was coming straight towards them.

"I do believe in Jesus Christ, but I believe in, you know, being wise, and so we went to the shelter," he said.

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The only safe spot was a 5-by-7-foot storm shelter at his neighbor's house .

When he was in the cellar, Stanley said he felt lots of pressure.

"All of a sudden you could hear the bricks and stuff hitting the door, slam, slam slam, and roaring really bad," he said.

Nancy Davis, 94, was inside the shelter too. It's her house.

"We couldn't hear ourselves it was so loud," she said. "It was like the world was falling on us completely. I never heard of such terrible, terrible noises, it was horrible."

The storm shelter was built in 1999 after Davis's house was flattened by a tornado that tore through the neighborhood and left 36 dead. After that, the federal government helped residents build shelters.

Six people rode out the storm in Davis' shelter. They included a pregnant woman and a 2-year-old boy.

"They know it's there for them," Davis said.

And while it saved her life -- and others -- she lost her house again.

"What am I going to do?" she said. "Am I going to go in a rest home? I don't need to rest."

The remains of Nancy Davis' home in Moore, Okla., following Monday's tornado.
The remains of Nancy Davis' home in Moore, Okla., following Monday's tornado.
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Houses all along the street were ripped apart. Stanley said the tornado got everything, but he said he's resolved to start building again.

"I'm going to rebuild," he said. "This time I'll have me a shelter, though."

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