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May 22nd, 2013
11:23 AM ET

Tornado survivors crowded into underground shelters

Jerry Mosley was the general manager of an oil rig business obliterated by Monday's tornado. Mosley and ten others, mostly employees, crowded into two underground shelters to survive. They knew that things were going badly when insulation from an adjacent house flew into the bunkers' vents.

"It was scary, and I'm glad I'm a Christian, but it was scary," said Mosley.

Mosley's wife called to warn him just minutes before the tornado struck.

"We realized it was coming our way. We decided it was about to go down, and we all got down and got into the cellars," said Mosley.

Mosley and his employees ran to a nearby house seeking cover. The neighbors had built underground shelters after a deadly tornado struck Moore in 1999.

"This saved our lives," said Mosley.

In all, 11 people spent about 15 minutes crammed into two tiny bunkers. When they emerged, they were surrounded by debris and wreckage all around. Houses down the hill from the company were gone. The building where they used to work was completely destroyed.

"First thought when I came out, first words out of my mouth, I wondered, 'How many fatalities?' It's just terrible," said Mosley.

People are sifting through their personal belongings, trying to salvage what they can. Some say they just want to be told what to do next.

"Luckily we all survived it, and there's going to be some hardships, but we will survive, we will make it," said Mosley.

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