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They're cramped and stuffy, but they'll save your life

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The destruction seems never-ending, and the death toll keeps climbing following the deadly line of tornadoes that moved through the southeast. Officials are saying that 318 people have died.

When the tornado threat was upon some East Texans, they didn't panic; they got into a structure that's almost an antique now: a storm cellar.

A standard storm cellar or storm shelter has an eight inch thick poured concrete and concrete brick wall, and is fashioned very similarly to the 1950's bomb shelters.

They're cramped and stuffy, but get inside and you'll survive.

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