They huddled together in the vault while the violent tornado was obliterating everything around them, including the 6,387-square-foot Moore, Okla., branch and the cars in the parking lot.

“I wasn’t there, but I know it was extremely loud [inside the vault], and I’m sure it was very scary,” said Matt Stratton, vice president of marketing for the $3 billion Tinker Federal Credit Union. “I don’t know yet if the branch was directly in the path of the tornado or on the edge of the path of tornado, but it essentially destroyed the branch and a lot of things around it.”

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