Bank vault shelters 22 survivors of Moore, OK, tornado - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Bank vault shelters 22 survivors of Oklahoma tornado

The Tinker Federal Credit Union vault sheltered 22 people during the Moore, OK, tornado that destroyed the building. (Source: Tinker Federal Credit Union) The Tinker Federal Credit Union vault sheltered 22 people during the Moore, OK, tornado that destroyed the building. (Source: Tinker Federal Credit Union)
Before-and-after photos of the Tinker Federal Credit Union building where 22 people survived a devastating tornado in the facility's vault. (Source: Tinker Federal Credit Union) Before-and-after photos of the Tinker Federal Credit Union building where 22 people survived a devastating tornado in the facility's vault. (Source: Tinker Federal Credit Union)
  • TornadoesMore>>

  • NWS confirms EF0 tornado hit Jackson Co.

    NWS confirms EF0 tornado hit Jackson Co.

    Thursday, August 31 2017 8:55 PM EDT2017-09-01 00:55:14 GMT

    The National Weather Service has confirmed the storm that blew though the Gulf Park Estates neighborhood Wednesday morning spun up an EF0 tornado.

    The National Weather Service has confirmed the storm that blew though the Gulf Park Estates neighborhood Wednesday morning spun up an EF0 tornado.

  • Possible tornado causes damage and power outages across Stewart, Webster counties

    Possible tornado causes damage and power outages across Stewart, Webster counties

    Wednesday, April 5 2017 9:17 PM EDT2017-04-06 01:17:31 GMT
    (Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)(Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)

    In Webster County, winds collapsed a warehouse building along Highway 520. In Stewart County, even more destruction to a group of houses right on a chicken farm, one house completely gone, and neighbors made their way out there to clear the debris before emergency crews could arrive.

    In Webster County, winds collapsed a warehouse building along Highway 520. In Stewart County, even more destruction to a group of houses right on a chicken farm, one house completely gone, and neighbors made their way out there to clear the debris before emergency crews could arrive.

  • Waterspouts form off NC coast

    Waterspouts form off NC coast

    Monday, July 10 2017 3:11 PM EDT2017-07-10 19:11:37 GMT
    Monday, July 10 2017 3:11 PM EDT2017-07-10 19:11:37 GMT

    There are two types of waterspouts, according to the National Ocean Service. Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over the water or move from land to water, and they have the same characteristics.

    There are two types of waterspouts, according to the National Ocean Service. Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over the water or move from land to water, and they have the same characteristics.

MOORE, OK - The Tinker Federal Credit Union branch in Moore, OK, was demolished by the EF-5 tornado that decimated the city, but 22 people who took shelter in the facility's vault survived the storm and emerged safely.

The 14 employees and eight customers rode out the storm in the vault, which was the only part of the roughly 6,400-square-foot building that remained intact. First responders quickly arrived at the scene and removed debris that blocked the door, freeing the survivors who had spent a loud, terrifying several minutes inside the concrete-and-steel structure.

The employees and customers eventually found their way home, though their cars were smashed in the adjacent parking lot, a TFCU official told Credit Union Times.

The branch manager stayed on-site until the vault could be locked and secured - all the safety deposit boxes survived intact and the vault is under round-the-clock guard said Matt Stratton, the company's vice president of marketing.

TFCU wants to rebuild on the same site, he said.

All the employees of the branch are safe, according to the company's Facebook page, but 26 of their homes were damaged and four were completely destroyed. The storm did at least $1 billion worth of damage and 24 people have been confirmed killed.

Copyright 2013 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly