Day Two of Testimony in Tornado Masters Case

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A Madison County judge found cause, Monday, to extend the injunction on Tornado Masters of Toney, Alabama.

The owner of Tornado Masters is back in court to hear claims that his company deceived customers about the quality of its storm shelters.

Leslie Holt first appeared in court Friday to face accusations leveled by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

On Friday, the state called several witnesses, including a fire marshal, an engineer from Vanderbilt University and a Tornado Masters customer.

The witnesses testified that Tornado Masters did not live up to their claims of being FEMA-certified or to the claims their shelters would stand up to an EF-5 tornado.

Les Holt in court Friday (Photo by Shane Hays, WHNT News 19)

The fire marshal testified the shelter Tornado Masters built at Covenant Christian Academy was not up to code and was dangerous for people to be inside.

Hearings are required any time a temporary injunction is put in place to determine whether or not it should be continued.  Madison County District Judge Dennis O’Dell is expected to make a decision as soon as Tuesday.

There were several other Tornado Masters customers who came to court to watch the proceedings.  However, they were not allowed to listen, because they may be called as witnesses.

Many of you have called or emailed us to express concerns about a shelter you have that was installed by Tornado Masters.  If you have complaints or feel the shelter is unsafe, please call the Alabama Attorney General’s office at 1-800-392-5658.  Here is more information in a past report.

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