A Kentucky family and its dogs emerged after spending hours in a classic storm shelter while devastating storms and a deadly series of tornadoes hit the Bluegrass State.
Most of the family members, who live in Breman, Kentucky, were directly in the storm's path, while father Jordan Evans and son Gage were out of town.
"It was a war zone," Jordan Evans said.
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The remaining family members at home had no basement to take cover, but they did have a chance to get below ground using a rare storm shelter, according to a report.
The shelter sat 10 feet down and 12 feet wide, and Justin Pointer, Gage's stepfather, said it was the best opportunity to save his eight family members and two dogs.
He led the group into the compact shelter just before the tornado smashed through the house, he said.
"It started shaking the lid real bad. We had to hold it down," Pointer said.
The shelter, which was built roughly 10 years ago, was cramped and uncomfortable, but it turned out to be lifesaving when the tornado destroyed the family's home, he said.
The house suffered severe damage, and footage of the aftermath appears to show the message "#HurricaneBrandon" spray-painted on the side of the home.
The message seems to adapt the tag "Let's Go Brandon," a derogatory chant toward President Joe Biden and code for "F*** Joe Biden."
Pointer's father constructed the shelter, but Pointer said he could not recall how much his father had paid for its construction.
"He said he'd pay 100 times more for it right now," Pointer said.
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Most commercial storm shelters have a sale price of less than $10,000, according to the report.