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Twisters rouse interest in shelters, safe rooms

OKLAHOMA CITY — Last year’s tornado season wasn’t the worst in Oklahoma history, either in the number of twisters or the number of lives taken. But the deadly barrage that killed more than 30 people scared Oklahomans in a way that previous storms had not, moving them to add tornado shelters or reinforced safe rooms to their homes. There’s just one problem: The surge of interest in tornado safety has overwhelmed companies that build the shelters, creating long waiting lists and forcing many people to endure the most dangerous part of this season without any added protection. “Pretty much anywhere you go right now, the soonest anyone can install is about mid-June,” said Kayli Phillips,…