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A tornado crashes through Beaumont Texas

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - "It was so chaotic. As soon as it hit it was almost a deafening sound, and then it was gone. The next thing you hear was all of the sirens," said Shannon Gary

That deafening sound came from a tornado crashing through downtown Beaumont, leaving a path of destruction in its tracks.  Shannon Gary works at a nearby gas station, and witnessed the whole thing first hand.

"I looked over toward Wal-Mart and started seeing debris. I did not know where it was coming from, and the next thing you know you started seeing cars flipping over on each other. I was telling my assistant, its a tornado, get down," said Shannon Gary. 

The Beaumont Wal-mart parking lot along Dowlen road is covered with roof debris, destroyed buggies, and car parts. Across the street, the roof at the Kohl's department store is caved in.

"We learned that the roof had collapsed at Kohl's and that there were possibly people trapped inside," said Officer Randy Stevens with the Beaumont Police Department.

After this force of nature blew through, police were happy to learn that property damage was the extent of it.

"After everything settled down we learned that there were no serious injuries, and no deaths. Everything that we have seen, so far, and that we have been able to assess, is that everyone had minor injuries," said Officer Stevens. 

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