Odom developed Sendera Lakes and is selling lots to seven select builders. He said the first homes started predated the tornado, but that now tornado victims are looking and buying in the 100-acre addition, which will have seven phases, including a clubhouse, pool and commercial development.
Single-family permits aren't the only thing selling like there's no tomorrow: Storm shelter permits, to help ensure there is a tomorrow after the next tornado, are more popular than ever. Haworth said some 750 permits for shelters were issued through July, compared to around 200 for all of 2012.
“We had a lot of storm shelters after (the massive tornado in May) '99. I think this has alerted people that F5s can come again,” he said.