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Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 9:15am

Savannah Building State-of-the-art Storm Shelter

A state-of-the-art storm shelter being constructed in Savannah is designed to better prepare the city and its public works crews to hunker down if a big storm or hurricane threatens the region.

The Savannah Morning News reports that the shelter is rated to withstand a Category 5 storm.

Since it is being built on one of the highest spots in Chatham County, officials say it's also expected to be able to withstand severe flooding associated with a storm.

The 32,000-square-foot concrete structure is designed to shelter at least 250 workers. It has its own generator, a full-service kitchen, industrial-grade washers and dryers, showers, sleeping rooms, computer and data centers.

Construction began late last year, and it's expected to be finished by August.