Beaumont Tornado Strikes Hard and Fast

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

BEAUMONT (August 18, 2009)—A tornado collapsed a department store roof, overturned cars and scattered debris throughout a mall parking lot, sending several people to the hospital with minor injuries Tuesday in Beaumont, police said.

Beaumont Police Officer Crystal Holmes said there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Nearby Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital told the Beaumont Enterprise that fewer than ten patients were there and all were in stable condition.

Holmes says video from a local television station shows a tornado touched down at Kohl's Department Store, skipped over a Wal-Mart and continued on to Parkdale Mall.

Bricks on one exterior wall were torn away, cars and trucks were overturned and the bars of shopping cart corrals in the parking lot were bent.

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