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Researchers developing new tornado protection technology

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Researchers in Alabama are developing a new type of technology that helps protect you in your house during a tornado.

Experts always say storm shelters and basements are the safest place to be when tornadoes threaten, but what do you do when those are not an option?

Researchers at the University Of Alabama at Birmingham have been developing on new technology to keep you safe. The researchers said that the new tech will be able to turn an ordinary closet into a tornado shelter.

According to researchers the panels are installed by retrofitting an existing space such as a closet. During a tornado threat the user walks inside and latches the door. After repeated testing the panels have been shown to handle the force of 15 pound two-by-fours flying over 100 miles per hour.

"I think it’s a good idea for someone who doesn’t have a basement,” says Loraleigh Griggs I live in a condo around here that may be something I would be interested in."

UAB researches are hopeful that the panels will soon become more available to the public.

"We are working with 2 manufacturers right now who are looking to produce panels," says Dr. Uday Vaidya.

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